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Sanctuario de Chimayo

I’m now adding some of the entries into the blog that I was unable to do on the road.

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Chimayó is the starting point and most important stop on the High Road to Taos,  the trip  began at the Rio Grande River and wound through high alpine forests of dark ponderosa pine and golden aspen and tiny, old adobe communities nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

We visited Sanctuario de Chimayo

At Easter, Chimayo becomes a destination for the faithful. The Good Friday procession, the Easter Pilgrimage, is an amazing sight. During Holy Week thousands of pilgrims journey to El Santuario de Chimayó.  They leave from their homes, or their cars parked on the roadside, to walk 10, 20, 30, or even 100 miles to reach Chimayo.
In the darkness before Good Friday, pilgrims line the highways north of Santa Fe carrying crosses and glow sticks. By Easter Sunday tens of thousands of worshipers have passed  through

The doors of the chapel, built almost 200 years ago on a site that is sacred to many Pueblo Indians and descendants of Spanish settlers.

I found crosses wound through fences and high in the trees surrounding the church.

It is said the dirt in a well in the church possess miracle powers. I saw people taking small packages of dirt out in brown paper bags.

The inspiration from this place is the crosses wound through the wire… the brightly coloured candles and crosses hanging in the sanctuary.

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