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The Spiritual Side of Santa Fe

October 01, 2018

Spirituality influenced the history and culture of Santa Fe as much as anything. See some of the still-standing sights that helped establish the city. When the Loretto Chapel was built in the late 1800s access to the choir loft was missing from the blueprints. The nuns prayed to the patron saint of carpenters, St. Joseph, for a solution and a man showed up to build a staircase. Though a work of art, the spiral stairs he constructed—dubbed the “Miraculous Staircase”—seem to defy the laws of physics.

A church has stood on the grounds of the modern-day Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi for more than 400 years. Though the current building doesn’t date back that far, the statue inside of the Virgin Mary, dating back to 1625, is the oldest representation in the United States. Once you’ve seen the sights, wrap up your day with a sunset view on top of Paseo de la Loma Hill—home to the Cross of the Martyrs.