The Loretto Chapel, a Gothic structure completed in 1878, is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is the site of the Miraculous Staircase. Now a museum, the Loretto Chapel is open daily and charges a $3 admission. In addition to the staircase, the Loretto Chapel features beautiful stained glass, artwork, and a gift shop. For engaged couples, the Loretto Chapel offers several wedding packages (see official website).
Spanish founded the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610. The city was ceded to the United States in 1848,
following the Mexican War, and is now the capital of New Mexico. In 1850, Bishop Jean Baptisite Lamy came to
New Mexico and set out to increase faith and to establish education. In 1852, the Sisters of Loretto came to Santa
Fe and, the following year, opened the Academy of Our Lady of Light. Using tuition, donations, and their own
inheritances, the sisters built the school and the Loretto Chapel. The chapel was renovated in the 1890s. The academy closed in 1968, and the
(deconsecrated) chapel was sold to a private entity in 1971.
between 1877 and 1881, the Miraculous Staircase was constructed over a six
month period. Believed by some to have
been constructed by (or inspired by) St. Joseph the Carpenter, the staircase has
no (obvious) support, yet it has two 360-degree turns and withstood daily use for
visit? The city of Santa Fe is rich in
history. Along with other historic sites,
the Loretto Chapel takes visitors back to another time and place in our nation’s
history. Thus, it is a must-see for visitors
to Santa Fe.