More than 300,000 people from around the world flock to Santuario de Chimayo each year. Known locally as "Lourdes of America," the National Historic Landmark has famous origins and is one of the most visited Catholic sites in the country.

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Away Travel Expert: Steve Metzger
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  • Built in 1813-1816 by Don Bernardo Abeyta, this small church has attracted pilgrims and cure-seekers for over 200 years. Many have left crutches, braces, and notes of thanks. According to one legend, Abeyta built the church on the spot where he was cured of a deathly illness after having been summoned there by a vision—he touched the ground and was healed.
  • Abeyta left a hold in the chapel's floor so that people could continue to touch the "sacred" earth.
  • Another legend says that a crucifix was buried there during the Pueblo Revolt, then afterward ceremoniously carried to a church nine miles away. However, it promptly vanished, only to reappear at the site of the santuario. This recurred three times.

Juan Medina Dr.
Chimayo, New Mexico
Parking: October to April 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June to September 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Telephone Number: 505-351-4889
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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