Santa Fe’s long history is embodied in the San Miguel Chapel, the oldest working church in the continental United States. The chapel, built by Tiaxcala Indians under the direction of Franciscan friars, was first erected in 1680 and the present building dates from around 1710. Latin Mass is still celebrated here, as well as vespers and Gregorian chants. You'll also find rare altar art—the wooden altar screen, or reredos, is one of the oldest in New Mexico. Knowing all these facts is one thing, but absorbing the quiet peace of the building and grounds is something you have to experience yourself. It stands as a witness to centuries of local faith—which is, after all, what the "Fe" in Santa Fe stands for.
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