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San Miguel Mission Chapel

There’s No Church Older in the Entire United States

The oldest church in the continental United States, this aged mission began construction around 1610. Over time, the chapel has been rebuilt twice (including after the Pueblo Revolt), but original portions of the building are still standing. Step inside and go 400 years back in time to the earliest days of Spanish settlement in Santa Fe.

The interior elements are as much of a historic hodgepodge as the outside. The wooden reredos dates back to 1798, a small statue is as old as 1709. The famous bell, originally thought to be from 1356 was later revealed to have been cast in a still-impressive 1856. Every corner and every relic is a reminder of Santa Fe’s rich religious history.

San Miguel Mission Chapel Details

Note: The chapel is just a couple of blocks off the plaza. It is easy to missed between larger buildings like the Santa Fe Visitor Information Center. Keep an eye out.

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