Tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains,there lies the village of Chimayó. It may seem far off the beaten track. In fact but each year tens of thousands of pilgrims make their way to the tiny church, sometimes called the Lourdes of America. Many make the long walk on foot each year during Holy Week ( Holy Thursday and Good Friday), starting from Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and even Old Mexico. Pilgrims come carrying heavy wooden crosses and walking sticks, pushing baby carriages and wheelchairs. They come to seek miracles of healing from the church and its little well of sacred red dirt found in a room off to the side of the altar. They bring small bags or vials and take a spoonful of dirt home with them. Some rub the dirt on the part of the body that needs healing. Others take it home to place on an altar. Those who have been healed often make a second pilgrimage to the Santuario to give thanks, leaving behind their crutches, braces, and prayers of thanks, which fill another side room.
This church was built in 1816 and is a very spiritual place to visit. Everyone there is very quiet while walking around during their visit.
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