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Last summer I was told about a church in New Mexico that I put on my list of things to see if I was ever in the area. Well, since I was in the area (less than 100 miles), I thought I was go see it. It was on the other side of the mountains to the west of the campground and was a nice 1 1/2 hour drive to get there.
|A view to the west from my campsite|
|Headed to the mountains with the sky and clouds putting on another great show|
|This was after about a 2,000 foot climb. It looks more like the Smoky Mountains than the Rockies.|
|The clouds were great. I took this one to capture that unusual cloud just to the left of center. It was as if something/someone smudged it. It stayed that way for a little while before fading away.|
|Looking out over the vast valley. Chimayo is out there somewhere and Santa Fe further out.|
The name of the Catholic church is "El Santuario de Chimayo". Using the little bit of Spanish that I've picked up over the decades, I think that translates into "The Sanctuary in/at Chimayo". Chimayo is the name of the town where the church is located. It is a National Historic Landmark and has over 300,000 visitors per year.
|It is a simple church. I didn't go into the main building because there was a mass going on, but I didn't wander around the courtyard complex.|
Legend has it that a guy found a shiny crucifix in the dirt and took it to the local friar. The next day, it disappeared from the friars place and reappeared at the same location where it was originally found. This process repeated itself several times until the man and friar decided to just build a chapel/shrine/church on the location where it was found. Later on, legend has it that miraculous healings happened in the area of the church. A room to the side of the church was built with an approximate 2 foot diameter hole in the foundation. In the hole, is dirt that is supposed to have healing powers and people/pilgrims can scoop up some to take with them. From what I read, the dirt is replaced several times a day and over a year, 25 to 30 tons of dirt is used.
|This was a surprise. It is in the back courtyard and is a monument to vision that occured in Vietnam back in 1798.|
|This is the information for the Vietnam statue.|
|These are located along a walkway and stream. Homemade crosses mostly made out of sticks are attached to them.|
|Someone had left a pair of baby shoes. I hope they found peace.|
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.