One of our favorite things to do when in the Santa Fe area, I should say mine, as Rich does not usually go inside, is to visit San Miguel Chapel. Very honestly, before I started traveling with Rich, I had never heard of San Miguel Chapel. I am in awe of the beauty and historical value of this Chapel every time I visit it when I am in the Santa Fe area.

San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe

A Little About San Miguel Chapel

This Chapel has an interesting history, having been originally constructed by the Tlaxcalan (Tas-cal’-en) Indians in 1598, serving the Tlaxcalan Indians, laborers, and Spanish soldiers. It was destroyed in 1680 and rebuilt, then destroyed again during the Pueblo Revolt, being rebuilt in 1710, while under Spanish rule. Their website offers a timeline of events and historical information about the Chapel. It is amazing that its history predates it being a part of the United States as we know it, and still stands.  

View Inside San Miguel Chapel

Heritage and Artifacts

Inside San Miguel Chapel, visitors can view a collection of religious artifacts. The altar screen is absolutely beautiful and showcases different saints. There is a Spanish crucifix, and a wooden statue which I understand is of Archangel Michael, among other historic artifacts sprinkled throughout the Chapel. There is also a Bell in the rear of the Chapel, which I understand is a Mission Bell that came from Spain. This Chapel offers so much rich history and culture.

Altar Screen at San Miguel Chapel
Mission Bell at San Miguel Chapel
Mission Bell at San Miguel Chapel

Visitor Information

San Miguel Chapel is open to visitors who seek to explore the historical and spiritual significance of this Chapel. The Chapel still offers Masses and religious services. They are not a part of the Catholic Church, but rather are run by St Michaels School and are funded by donations.  They are generally open daily from noon to 3 pm; however, that could change, so you might visit their website for updated information.   

Good to Know

There is a Visitors Center located behind and to the right of San Miguel Chapel off of the courtyard, offering information and restrooms. You may also park there for short times and possibly longer when court is not in session. It is a good idea to ask inside about longer parking times.

In Conclusion

San Miguel is nestled right in the heart of Santa Fe and within walking distance to Loretto Chapel and the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, as well as the Palace of the Governors and other places of interest. This Chapel is a must visit for those of us who love history and culture and enjoy the solitude and sacred feeling that this Chapel provides. I hope you add this Chapel to your list of places to visit when you are in the Santa Fe area.

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