On Sunday we left the house early to pick up our 13 year old son from a friend’s house. We decided to grab a quick breakfast and take a drive. As we often do, we decided on making our trip North and head towards Santuario de Chimayo. Fall is in the air, the weather is just beautiful here in New Mexico this time of year.
We hadn’t been to Santuario since the beginning of summer and when we arrived, we were excited to see that the Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel which is almost next door to the main church was open. It hadn’t been in a long time, and it’s been years since we were last inside this simple Chapel.
We found out why it always seemed always to be closed when we visited. It was because they were remodeling the Chapel. The remodel is complete and the Chapel will now be open daily. The inside is filled with local artwork, birds and hearts. It is a quaint, beautiful, and unique chapel.
It is a chapel for children, a Chapel dedicated to the Child Jesus.
Artwork outside the Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel at Santuario in
Chimayo, New Mexico.
The above picture on the right was taken at the shop located right between the two chapels. They sell religious articles, candles, cards, jewelry, pinon, and chile. It’s been there as long as I can remember, and always a must see when visiting Santuario de Chimayo.
Santuario de Chimayo will always be a destination for us, planned or otherwise. It is a beautiful and soothing place to visit. The kids love it, and it helps us to reconnect with our faith and lessons we were taught as children growing up in New Mexico. It isn’t just a tourist destination, it’s a destination that calls to you, and you leave feeling better about your day, your community, your faith and New Mexico. Sometimes we get into the car with no real plans and end up in Chimayo at Santuario.
If you are a local New Mexican, it’s time to visit again!
If you are a tourist, planning a trip to New Mexico, Chimayo should be on your list of places you have to visit. You can even contact us at Cinematic Afterglow, we’ll plan a sightseeing, photography trip up North for you, or with you! (505)471-2857