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"The Loretto Chapel is next to..." Santa Fe Off The Beaten Path Tip by brdwtchr

Santa Fe Off The Beaten Path: 76 reviews and 138 photos


The Loretto Chapel is next to the Loretto Inn on Old Santa Fe Trail about two blocks from the Plaza. This is the miracle staircase you may have heard about. If you have not heard about it then I'll share the legend with you now.
In 1870 Loretto Chapel was built. A design flaw left out room for a staircase to the choir loft. The Sisters of Loretto would have had to climb ladders as a conventional stair case would be too large. The Sisters made a Novena to Saint Joseph the Carpenter. Many carpenters were called for advice but none could help. On the final day a carpenter arrived with a donkey and a few simple hand tools. The mysterious carpenter built the miracle stairs and then vanished. The stairs have no side supports or central support column.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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