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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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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • The oldest church in the United States. This church is over 400 years old. New Mexico was founded back in the 1500’s when it was part of Spain. New Mexico was New Mexico before Mexico. New Mexico was named after a mountain range in Mexico. This church is cool. You can see the hay sticking of if the mud casing. The inside is sparsely decorated but beautiful. It has a “feel” to it of history. The church is not open on Saturdays and it’s hard to find parking. There is a small store next to the church that houses the oldest house in New Mexico, along with a decapitated skeleton still in its coffin. It’s a free must see. The store is good too.
  • We really enjoyed our visit to the San Miguel Chapel. It's amazing that this church structure was built in 1610 and still survives today. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, you could drive by and nearly miss it with its unassuming architecture and surrounding businesses. The donations you can give at the front go to help maintain the structure. Highly recommended!

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