A New Mexico Excursion – Santurario de Chimayo


Santurario Entrance

The Santurario de Chimayo is in northern New Mexico and is visited by thirty thousand people during Holy Week each year. Sometimes called the “Lourdes of America”, the church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Historic Landmark. The present church was completed in 1620. Claims of miraculous cures are the reason for the pilgrimages but it is the adobe that calls the photographer.

Santurario de Chimayo

Santurario de Chimayo – rear corner

The day I was there motorcycles were being blessed and I captured the front of the church in this Harley’s headlight.

Harley Church

Harley Church

If you choose to visit, you can join in the hustle and bustle of Holy Week or try for a quieter time. There will always be a few visitors, although when we were there is was nearly deserted.

Safe travels to you all,



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1 Response to A New Mexico Excursion – Santurario de Chimayo

  1. Milton Lucius says:

    Beautiful! These organic forms have always captured my heart.

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