"A place of pilgrimage" Chimayo by toonsarah
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This little adobe church was built at the place where a local farmer, Bernardo Abeyta, is said to have dug up a miraculously glowing crucifix. The soil in the hole where it was found is believed to have powers of healing and is known as Holy Dirt.
But there is more to Chimayó than the sanctuary, wonderful a sight though that is. Nearby is another chapel, dedicated to the Santo Niño. This holds a statue of the Christ Child (El Santo Niño de Atocha) that some believe leaves the chapel to travel about the countryside at night working miracles.
And Chimayó is also a village of artists and craftsmen, as are so many in New Mexico. It is known for the families of nationally known weavers who live and work here, the Ortega and Trujillo families. There are several galleries devoted to traditional Hispanic and Tewa Indian arts including wood carving, paintings of saints on retablos (flat wood panels) and bultos (sculptures of saints), tin working, embroidery, and pottery. More idiosyncratic and modern arts are also represented. It’s a good place for shopping, as many crafts are cheaper here than in the city, and you can also buy chilli related products of all sorts and good quality religious objects in the shop attached to the shrine – as well the Holy Dirt itself, if that holds meaning for you.
And afterwards, to continue with us on the High Road to Taos, please visit my Truchas page.
- In a nutshell:Has a special atmosphere, regardless of your beliefs - or disbeliefs
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