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The Shrine of Chimayo is located twenty four miles northeast of Santa Fe on Highway 76, the "High Road to Taos." The first Spanish settlers came to this area after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 - 1692 and a small community was established by 1740. In about 1810 a Spanish friar discovered a crucifix buried in the dirt. Three times the crucifix was taken from its hole and three times it disappeared to be found again in its original hole in the ground. The crucifix became known as El Senor de Esquipulas and a chapel was built over it. Miraculously, sick people that visited the shrine were healed and in 1816 the shrine of Chimayo was built to house El Senor de Esquipulas. Pilgrims continue to visit and it is one of the most visited churches in all of New Mexico.

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