Known locally as the Lourdes of America, El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico is a pilgrimage site for those seeking its healing powers. Tens of thousands of religious pilgrims make there way to this national historic landmark during Holy Week walking from as far as Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque. There is a constant stream of worshipers throughout the year.
It is believed that in 1810 on Good Friday a friar saw a light and dug into the ground from where it emanated and found a large wooden crucifix. Dirt from the hole where it was discovered is believed to heal the sick and disabled. An adobe church was built above the site and houses a chapel that sits above the small hole where visitors collect the dirt to heal ailments. Rows of crutches and braces of the healed line the walls of a prayer room just outside the sacred chapel.
Chimayo is located about 30 miles north of Santa Fe. You can also take the high road from Taos to get there.