Santuario de Chimayo

Few places in the world just instant have a deep impact on your inner soul. You feel an intense connection when you are there. Everything around you and within you gets easy and calm. One such place is El Santuario de Chimayo. El Santuario de Chimayo is a small shrine located in the Mountains of Chimayo, New Mexico. This place has been a place of worship since before its construction in 1813. It has been popular for years for the local American Indians and people belonging to other sects as a place of worship and healing. Being the center of faith for most of the Catholic pilgrimage in the US, it also sets a beautiful example of Spanish Colonial architecture in New Mexico.



The Journey

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.



  1. El Santuario de Chimayo is one of the most popular destinations in New Mexico, it hosts 3, 00,000 visitors every year.
  2. 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.

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