The moment you decide to visit Santuario de Chimayo you will feel a pull, the devotion in you will get on rising that is the reason why a lot of people can reach there by different means by carrying the cross, or barefoot. Your journey will be amazing and on arrival to the destination, it will be all worth it.
Black Christ of Esquipulas
This place is considered to be divine and blessed from a long time. As per stories in 1810, a member of the local Penitente order was performing his last rites that were when he saw a light. As he started following the source of the light from a hillside near the Santa Cruz river he started to dig. There is found a large crucifix bearing a black Christ. This crucifix is known as the Black Christ of Esquipulas and was instantly considered holy scared.
Devotion and Belief
This place is believed to accumulated some highly divine powers, the dirt from the place started to effect amazing healing cures. As more people witness the magic, the word spread, and soon it became one of the most popular places for devotees of Christ.
- El Santuario de Chimayo is one of the most popular destinations in New Mexico, it hosts 3, 00,000 visitors every year.
- A lot of people are so deeply devoted that they make their journey barefoot and others carry wooden crosses throughout to demonstrate their devotion.
El Santuario de Chimayo is highly popular for the clay that is around the Black Christ of Esquipulas. Make sure to get some with you. You are allowed to bring a container with you to get the dirt.
What to Expect
When you visit Chimayo, it is a ritual to make a small donation or get some type of offerings, such as a rosary or a candle. You can also bring a personal note or picture of people close to you to keep at the outdoor altar.
Plan your visit
The place is open from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm, hours may differ on East Friday. El Santuario de Chimayo, a National Historic Landmark, and the shrine is open daily from morning to evening. For more information visit El Santuario de Chimayo or Archdiocese of Santa Fe websites.