Along the "High Road to Taos" in the historical Spanish village - Chimayo is this gem. In the early 19th century, nineteen families lived on this land called "El Potrero de Chimayo"; potrero means pasture.
A small chapel was built in the pasture in 1810 and immediately the faithful were healing from their ailments. Word spread of Chimayo's healing powers and a larger church was built in 1816 which is the current one in this view.
Over 30,000 pilgrims from around the world come to the Santuario de Chimayo during Holy Week each year. Many walk there from Albuquerque, 90 miles away. Many take a small amount of "holy dirt" for its miraculous cures whether applied to the skin or eaten. The Church replaces the dirt in the pocito from the nearby hillsides, as much as 30 tons a year.
Santuario de Chimayo is perhaps the most visited pilgrim site in the U.S.
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bukitgolfb301 (32668) 2013-11-03 17:01
Hi dear Ray
I like this calm and tatseful color touch first of all.
Perfect synmetry makes great stability in nice tight framework. Great shot as usual!
All the best and have a good new week! TAKERO
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-11-03 20:49
Hey Ray, I love this place!! It's been some time since I've visited but I never forgot the beauty of the area and of this special village!
great picture, very informative note and thank you so much for the memories...
I'm also so glad that you like olives!!
take care my friend!
Noel_Byrne (13416) 2013-11-04 4:21
How on earth did you get this angle? It doesn't look like a place that would be facing another taller building, so I am intrigued as to how you managed this. Cool shot as a result, however you did it, a great building and to my eyes a very exotic style of architecture. I actually made a church similar to this style when I was in art class in school! Love the point of view through the open gates that are very welcoming and the earthy tones are beautiful under this light.
Cheers as always
mcmtanyel (5295) 2013-11-13 21:09
This is indeed a very interesting chapel. It is almost surreal - it looks more like a cheap imitation of a Department 56 collectible than a real building. Apart from the cute subject, i like the symmetry in this photo.