If you know me, you know I love a good church, cathedral and shrine!
New Mexico is so understandingly full of Mexican influenced icons and esthetics.
El Santuario de Chimayo is a tiny adobe chapel. Each year some 30,000 people from all over the world make pilgrimages here during Holy Week, Many visitors to the church take a small amount of the "holy dirt", often in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip. Formerly, at least, they often ate (YES) the dirt. (Likewise pilgrims to the original shrine of Esquipulas eat the supposedly curative clay found there.) Now seekers of cures more commonly rub themselves with the dirt or simply keep it. The Church replaces the dirt in the pocito from the nearby hillsides, sometimes more than once a day, for a total of about 25 or 30 tons a year.[
The village of Chimayo is loaded with lots of religious symbols, murals and such...
I found some amazing religious statuary at a new shop here which just opened, Flea Circus it's called, great artifacts, reasonable prices.
About an hour North of Santa Fe, down a washed out 15 miles gravel road is
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert. It is in the strikingly beautiful Chama Canyon wilderness in northwestern New Mexico. The remarkable formations, cliffs, tree-covered mountains and the Chama River wind through the midst of the valley. The Monastery is surrounded by miles of government-protected wilderness, promoting solitude and quiet for the monastic life.