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Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe

Loretto Chapel, a former Roman Catholic church, is known for its unusual spiral staircase. Called the Miraculous Staircase, it makes two 360-degree turns and is 6 m (20 ft) tall--but has no visible means of support. It's not only an engineering mystery; no one knows for certain who built it. The Sisters of Loretto credit St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, with its construction. After examining the staircase, give yourself enough time to appreciate the Gothic Revival architecture of this late 19th-century building. It features imposing spires, buttresses, and stained-glass windows imported from France. Put Loretto Chapel into our Santa Fe road trip website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • There is a fee to enter this church. The cost was $5.00 per person. The stair case was unbelievably beautiful and magnificent craftsmanship. The chapel is really something to see. You will not be disa...  more »
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  • The price to get in was a little steep to see a spiral staircase, but having said that it was a very beautiful and peaceful place. An amazing story and an impressive feat! A fun thing to do once.
  • The Loretto Chapel is an attraction which one must see, if one visits Santa Fe, or the surrounding area. Primarily, it is very difficult to find parking (particularly in high tourist season). Your options are to valet park at The Loretto Hotel, or a parking garage 2 blocks away on San Francisco St. You can drive about and hope that you are fortunate enough to find a parking meter; yet I wouldn't try this in summer. The most pragmatic solution is to be dropped off. There are two entrances, although one is primarily for hotel guests. The side entrance (by a small church) is the proper one. Be ready to pay an entry fee. They do accept credit cards. One is allowed to photograph although the staircase is protected, by being roped off. Please, do not forget that others are praying, or attending a religious function. Be considerate with your volume or if you have children with you. Take note of the stations of the cross. They are located on the walls and are throughout, in the form of lovely etched relief work. There is an awesome gift shop where one can truly purchase any religious/Catholic artifact, and they do ship. ENJOY!

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