El Santuario de Chimayo – A Mission of Faith
Prayers Continue Strong Over The Centuries
One of my favorite things about living in New Mexico is the rich history. In every part of the state, monuments and historical sites document its years of cultural changes. My quest is to visit all the historical sites and photograph their beauty. El Santuario de Chimayo is one of these beautiful historic sites. A 28 mile drive from Santa Fe, it is a perfect stop while exploring the Santa Fe area.
Don Bernardo Abeyta, the land owner, built the original chapel in 1810. In 1816, it was expanded into the chapel that stands today. Immediately, Santuario de Chimayo became a place of pilgrimage for faithful Roman Catholic followers. Currently, it is estimated that over 300,000 people visit the site every year.
Although, photography is not permitted in the sanctuary, I did find a public domain photo. While I understand not permitting photography during mass, it’s disappointing to not fully represent a place with my photography.
The grounds of the mission have several different gardens and places of prayer or solace. Candles, rosaries and other offerings left throughout the gardens. The gift shop has a large assortment of items you can purchase to leave with your prayers. Many visitors bring containers for holy water and “healing dirt”. They will bless friends and relatives who are unable to travel to the site.
“No doubt the most important catholic pilgrimage center in the United States”
Don’t miss the history and the beauty of El Santuario de Chimayo on your next visit to Santa Fe.
Santuario Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (October-April) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (May-September)
Mass Schedule: Daily at 11:00 AM (Monday through Saturday) 10:30 AM and Noon (Sunday)
Confession Schedule: 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM and by appointment
Street Address: 15 Santuario Drive, Chimayo, NM 87522
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 235, Chimayo, NM 87522