In fact, northern New Mexico’s best historic churches have been featured by Travel + Leisure magazine, photos of churches grace the covers of at least two New Mexico guidebooks, and San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe tops USA Today’s list of “Sacred sites: The 31 oldest churches in the USA.”
For some visitors to the Land of Enchantment, churches and cathedrals are a big draw. And for some, churches are the reason New Mexico is their destination.
El Santuario de Chimayó is a good example. Almost 300,000 visitors a year are drawn to the small adobe church, many of them pilgrims hoping the magical healing soil in the small pit known as “el pocito” can cure their afflictions.