Friday, July 28, 2017

Three Churches

While in Santa Fe (and the surrounding area), I visited four churches: Loretto Chapel, St. Francis, San Miguel Church, and El Santuario de Chimayo. I got some good pictures of all of them except for St. Francis, so I thought I'd share:

 LORETTO CHAPEL: This church is located right next door to the Inn and Spa at Loretto, where I stayed. I could hear the bells chiming the hour during the day, and first thing in the morning, I could hear crows cawing from atop its roof. It's known for its staircase, which miraculously was built without any structural support. This church was so beautiful inside that it filled me with appreciation of its loveliness and a wave of emotion that accompanied my gratitude.

SAN MIGUEL CHURCH: This was my favorite place I visited on this trip. It's the oldest church in the US and has a strong, firm vibe of peace. Perhaps this was due to both its age and all of the fantastic archangel imagery.

EL SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYO: There were no photos allowed in this sacred space. The interior of the church disturbed me. It was filled with bloody crucifix imagery. People travel from all around to pray here and take with them a type of healing "holy dirt." I felt a sense of collective agony and also believe the place to be haunted as I had a ringing in my right ear when leaving the location.

- Carrie

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