San Miguel Chapel
San Miguel Chapel
4.5
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the Spanish, this is the oldest church still in use in the country.
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  • Timothy H
    Morton, Illinois23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Old Church
    This is definitely a place you want to stop and see. Oldest church in America. We were lucky to be there when the curator gave a talk on the history of this church and the Santa Fe region. Great place with a a lot of history!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • SneakinDeacon
    Christiansburg, Virginia1,578 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HISTORIC TREASURE
    While the Nearby Loretto Chapel get most of the attention from Santa Fe Tourists, the San Miquel Chapel is truly an often-overlooked historic treasure. The small Chapel dates to 1610 and visitors today will see a small but beautiful sanctuary along with several Spanish Artifacts. You can also see the original sanctuary steps that date back to 1610. The steps and original foundation are visible through protective glass. San Miguel lays claim to being the Oldest Church in the United States that is still holding services. I would encourage anyone visiting Santa Fe to take the time to visit this historic church.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 July 2023
  • thetravelorganizer
    Tega Cay, South Carolina588 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Read up on the mystery of the San Jose bell
    According to oral history, The San Miguel Mission/Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, dates to 1610 – just 3 years after the first English settlement at Jamestown and 10 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. It’s worth familiarizing yourself with its history before your visit (which is free) even though docent history talks are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Of special interest is the mystery of the San Jose Bell just inside the front entrance which visitors are invited to sound.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • 2012natty
    Las Vegas, Nevada109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a trip
    This is the oldest Catholic Church in the US. Of the 3 churches I visited in Santa Fe (Loretto Chapel and the Basilica being the other 2), this was, by far, the most enjoyable. It reminded me of the style of the California Missions. The bell is from the 14th century. The docent was very informative. You can ring the bell, and, according to legend, you’ll be sure to return if you do. Self- guided tour and free.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
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2012natty
Las Vegas, NV109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is the oldest Catholic Church in the US. Of the 3 churches I visited in Santa Fe (Loretto Chapel and the Basilica being the other 2), this was, by far, the most enjoyable. It reminded me of the style of the California Missions. The bell is from the 14th century. The docent was very informative. You can ring the bell, and, according to legend, you’ll be sure to return if you do. Self- guided tour and free.
Written 10 October 2023
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thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC588 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
According to oral history, The San Miguel Mission/Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, dates to 1610 – just 3 years after the first English settlement at Jamestown and 10 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. It’s worth familiarizing yourself with its history before your visit (which is free) even though docent history talks are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Of special interest is the mystery of the San Jose Bell just inside the front entrance which visitors are invited to sound.
Written 21 August 2023
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SneakinDeacon
Christiansburg, VA1,578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
While the Nearby Loretto Chapel get most of the attention from Santa Fe Tourists, the San Miquel Chapel is truly an often-overlooked historic treasure. The small Chapel dates to 1610 and visitors today will see a small but beautiful sanctuary along with several Spanish Artifacts. You can also see the original sanctuary steps that date back to 1610. The steps and original foundation are visible through protective glass. San Miguel lays claim to being the Oldest Church in the United States that is still holding services. I would encourage anyone visiting Santa Fe to take the time to visit this historic church.
Written 30 July 2023
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Teresa C
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A beautiful stop. The docent had so much knowledge of and love for this place that it was impossible not to be drawn into its rich history.
Written 25 July 2023
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Timothy H
Morton, IL23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is definitely a place you want to stop and see. Oldest church in America. We were lucky to be there when the curator gave a talk on the history of this church and the Santa Fe region. Great place with a a lot of history!
Written 9 July 2023
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christine n
New York City, NY138 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a lovely little chapel right in Santa Fe said to be the oldest church in the USA. It is worth a stop.
Written 1 July 2023
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA4,893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I liked everything about this church: its history, as the "oldest church in the U.S.," its small size/compactness, the artwork, its simplicity, the wood beams, and more. Probably, my favorite church in Santa Fe.
Written 7 February 2023
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Matt
Nashville, TN292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Oldest Church Structure in the USA? Why wouldn't you stop in? I was fortunate enough to stop by and was given an amazing tour by the staff at this location that walked me through the entire history and the church and the structure.

Just pop in and take a look if you like history and architecture.
Written 30 October 2022
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jamusaba
Florida375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Originally built in the 16th century as a mission church , it still contains a few centuries old oil paintings in the altar area and the original church bell which actually pre- dates the chapel. More recently the adjacent buildings were once converted as a boarding school for boys while the church chapel designated a national historic site. Highly recommended.
Written 27 October 2022
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Treker650
Kaysville, UT158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We were fortunate to have an excellent docent who shared so much history and fascinating stories about the chapel. We were also allowed to clang the church bell with a hammer, such beautiful tones. This is another must do when you are in Sant Fe!
Written 16 October 2022
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