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El Santuario de Chimayo
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 35° 59.370 W 105° 55.883
13S E 416044 N 3983184
Quick Description: El Santuario de Chimayo is a church in Chimayó, New Mexico, USA. This santuario (Spanish for "sanctuary") is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site.
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 11/4/2006 2:29:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMXFB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 29

Long Description:
The "miraculous" crucifix of Our Lord of Esquipulas was found on the site of El Santuario (the Sanctuary) around 1810, buried in the dirt of the mountains in Chimayo. On the night of Good Friday in the year 1810, Don Bernardo Abeyta, who was a member of Los Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (the Penitentes), was performing the customary penance of the Society around the hills of El Potrero. Suddenly, he saw a light springing from one of the slopes of the hills near the Santa Cruz river. Don Bernardo went to the spot and noticed that the shining light was coming from the ground. He started to dig with his bare hands and found a crucifix. He left it in place and called his neighbors to come and venerate the precious finding. A group of men was sent to notify the local priest, Fr. Sebastián Álvarez at Santa Cruz.

Upon hearing the extraordinary news, the priest and people set out for Chimayo. When they arrived at the place where the crucifix was, Fr. Sebastián picked it up and carried it in a joyful procession back to the church. Once in the church, the crucifix was placed in the niche of the main altar. The next morning, it was discovered that the crucifix was gone, only to be found back in its original location. A second procession was organized and the crucifix was returned to Santa Cruz, but once again it disappeared. The same thing happened a third time. By then, everyone understood that El Señor de Esquipulas wanted the crucifix to remain in Chimayo, and so the small chapel of the Santuario was built.

Construction of the church was completed between 1814 and 1816.

In a letter dated November 16, 1813, Fr. Sebastian wrote the Episcopal See of Durango to discuss the people coming from afar to seek cures for their ailments and the spreading of the fame of the cures. It is said that the dirt from the floor of the chapel, the place that once held the miraculous crucifix, had healing powers bestowed on it by God. Close to 300,000 people each year make pilgrimages to the Santuario de Chimayo from all over the world. They come to worship, to ask for peace in the world and in their hearts, often to fulfill vows, and to feel the healing touch of God.

Street address:
Chimayo, NM USA


County / Borough / Parish: Santa Fe

Year listed: 1970

Historic (Areas of) Significance: See Long Description

Periods of significance: See Long Description

Historic function: See Long Description

Current function: See Long Description

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2006 To: 12/31/2006

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 4:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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