For more than 400 years Santa Fe has been a special spiritual place for Catholics worshipers. The city was founded by Spanish colonists in 1610 with the name La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís (The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi).

Now simply "Santa Fe," it still boasts an impressive collection historic Catholic churches a short distance from the city's historic Plaza. 

Visiting these spiritual places can be particularly moving during the Easter season. We invite you to take in their history and majesty during your Santa Fe vacation this spring.

Step inside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, which has welcomed worshipers and visitors since its completion in 1887. The beautiful sanctuary and chapels within feature exquisite statues and religious artwork. The iconic sandstone Romanesque Revival exterior makes the cathedral an iconic landmark.

Marvel inside the famed Loretto Chapel, whose 'miraculous staircase' makes two complete 360-degree turns and features no visible supports.

Visit the oldest church in continuous use in the United States, the San Miguel Chapel in the historic Barrio de Analco Historic District. The earliest documentation of the chapel dates to 1628 although oral history holds it was built around 1610. The current building dates to 1710, although it has undergone several changes in the last 300 years.

Learn more about these beautiful churches in Santa Fe here.


Stay at Hotel St. Francis as you explore and enjoy accommodations in a serene guest room in our historic hotel and receive a Local Treasures program brochure rewarding you want 15% savings at top restaurants, galleries, boutiques, wineries, museum stores and attractions in the Santa Fe area during your stay.