“one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world”
El Santuario de Chimayo was built in 1813 in the small community of El Potrero just outside of Chimayo. It was built in response to the discovery of a crucifix, Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas, in 1810 and subsequent miraculous occurrences. El Santuario de Chimayo is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. During Easter weekend, as many as 40,000 people journey to El Santuario, some traveling hundreds on miles on foot, some carrying crosses. A small doorway to the left of the altar leads to a narrow room. In this room are messages, pictures, small gifts and cast off crutches left by pilgrims as well as a small shrine to Santo Niño de Atocha. At the end of this room, behind a tiny door, is "el pocito" (the little well) where people may take small amounts of Holy Dirt, which many believe have curative powers.
We felt like we were plunked in to a little village in Spain. It’s such a beautiful setting. Definitely worth a stop.
Beautiful church and amazing scenic drive getting there!
Beautiful place, scenic drive
Very nice place to stop and visit. I collected several samples of the holy dirt for family members. It was an amazing, unexpected find. A definite stop if you connect with churches.
Beautiful place to visit, intricate details all over; even stepped into the healing Holy Dirt. :)
This place was gorgeous and so serene. We went early in the morning (8:00am) and had no trouble parking, the energy here is incredible, even if you aren't religious.
300,000 visitors each year come to scoop sand from a hole in the floor of the “Room of Miracles.” Its walls are lined with letters and photographs from hundreds of thankful pilgrims who say they were healed here.
A very special place. Even if you are not a spiritual person you can't deny the energy felt when you enter. It was extremely sacred and beautiful to visit.
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El Santuario de Chimayo
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