Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Santuario

We visited a little village called Chimayo one morning. Chimayo, in the foot hills north of Santa Fe, has a very famous church referred to as "the santuario". This two hundred year old sanctuary is a center for Catholic mysticism and people still make pilgrimages there to collect special earth that is considered to have healing powers.
The building itself is lovely. It is made of adobe with open wood beams and the interior is decorated with brightly colored carvings, statues, and icons. I'm too much of a skeptic to believe in magic dirt, but I do love the simple beauty and the almost palpable sense of history in the santuario. I also loved the tiny chapel dedicated to El Nino de Atoche that sits nearby.
Crucifexes, rosaries, and saint candles are foreign concepts to my Methodist girls and they were quite intrigued.
Recently, an outdoor chapel, fountains, a new building, and several little meditation areas have been added to the Santuario grounds. They too, were peaceful and pretty.
Crosses from worshipers were left in nooks and crannies as a sign of faith.
I loved all the brightly painted carvings and pictures that decorated the buildings inside and out. These simple art works touch my heart far more than any fancy cathedral.
The Santuario is a beautiful, peaceful place and well worth a visit.



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