Las Trampas

San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico

Built in 1760, San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church is along the High Road to Taos, New Mexico. The village of Las Trampas was established in 1751 by a dozen families receiving a land grant from the Spanish governor.  The adobe walls are about six feet thick and the well-maintained church is considered one of the best preserved examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in New Mexico.  The National Park Service has a good history of the location here.  It’s located about ten miles away from San Lorenzo de Picuris.

San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
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Chimayo

Sanctuary of Chimayo, New Mexico
Sanctuary of Chimayo, New Mexico

El Santuario de Chimayo is an important pilgrimage church located in the hills of Northern New Mexico.  Initially a Catholic chapel was built on the site to serve the Spanish Mission, but was replaced by the current church in 1816.  During Holy Week each year, about 30,000 faithful make the trip for a pilgrimage.

Walking the grounds, there are several small shrines and fences where visitors have left crosses.  There’s also a room (El Pocito) in the rear of the church where dark soil from the area is blessed and taken by visitors for hopes of healing or cures. Although the room is filled with crutches and wheelchairs from visitors deciding they no longer needed them,  the church hasn’t officially opined on whether any miracles have occurred as a result.

The Church has a website with a lot more information on the history and some of the specifics of the location –  Sanctuary of Chimayo.

 

San Lorenzo de Picuris

San Lorenzo de Picuris, Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico
San Lorenzo de Picuris, Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico

In the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Mountains in northern New Mexico is a series of small pueblos.  In many of them there is a small church established during the Spanish missions of the 17th century.  This church in Picuris Pueblo (San Lorenzo) has changed over the years, and using historical records, it was rebuilt in the 1960s to resemble the church as it looked in 1778.