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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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  • Historic chapel across street from the Oldest House Museum. Did grounds tour/photos. Chapel was closed secondary to Covid restrictions.  more »
  • San Miguel Chapel dates back to at least 1628, making it the oldest existing church in the country. It is rather small and there's not a whole lot to see, but it's very cool visiting such a historic.....  more »
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  • 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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