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San Miguel Chapel, Santa Fe

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San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is the oldest known church in the continental United States. The church was damaged during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 but was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest and served for a time as a chapel for the Spanish soldiers. The wooden reredos, which includes a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709, was added in 1798. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions.
The church is a contributing property in the Barrio De Analco Historic District, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Masses are still offered at the chapel on Sundays.
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  • Beautiful and very simple. Easy to find too! It's well worth your time. Plan on spending about 15 minutes. There is also a small gift shop.  more »
  • We couldn't go inside this one for some reason even though you can enter other churches in town. Did take some pictures of the outside though, neat old building.  more »
  • Did the walking tour from museum (strongly recommend that) and we walked past this so returned later. Well worth it, very small entrance fee and lovely peaceful chapel. And you are encouraged to ring the call!
  • Oldest church in USA built by Spaniards in early 17th century. But renovated multiple times. They still have Sunday service in this church. It is simple but charming from outside. Reportedly beautiful from inside. I was their when you could not get in. Tourist entry fee is $1. Do not miss it if in Santa Fe.
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