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San Miguel Mission
San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is claimed to be the oldest church in the United States. The church was damaged during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 but was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest and served for a time as a chapel for the Spanish soldiers. The wooden reredos, which includes a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709, was added in 1798. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions.The church is a contributing property in the Barrio De Analco Historic District, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Original thick walled church bell within San Miguel Mission at Santa Fe, New Mexico with the inscription San Jose Rogad Por Nosotros Agosto 9 de 1356/1856 in English, the bell reads St. Joseph Pray for us August 9th, 1356/1856. It is thought that the 8 was changed to a 3 during the late 1800s as a means of luring in tourists.Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the Spanish, this is the oldest church still in use in the country.
Recognized asthe Oldest Church in the United States, San Miguel Mission is located one block south of Loretto Chapel on Old Santa Fe Trail, between Alameda and Paseo de Peralta. Within easy walking distance from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, it is now surrounded by lovely restaurants and shops, and with theOldest House right down the alley, its definitely a must see on any Santa Fe site list.A threetier tower was constructed around 1830, and in 1887, a single facade tower was built, with massive stone buttresses added for support. The reredos in the Mission dates from 1798 and is the oldest wooden reredos in New Mexico. There is also a wood carved statue of St. Michael, celebrating the victory over Satan.The Mission is open to the public during the week and there is a small gift shop adjoining the main church. Regular services are held each Sunday.
San Miguel is a vibrant parish in the heart of central New Mexico. Our mission is to strive to bring people closer to God. We, the faith filled members of the Parish and its Missions, part of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, find strength, unity and grace in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. As the voices and hands of Jesus in our time, our purpose is to express Gods grace by offering Christion Love and Service to each other and to everyone we meet. We reach out to the world in prayer, action and deeds in unity with the Holy Roman Catholic Church.


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