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A favorite drive (about 45 minutes) north of Santa Fe for lunch at Rancho Chimayo along with visiting the Santuario de Chimayo,  the shrine that is built on the site of what many believe to be a miracle associated with the crucifix of “Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas” (Our Lord of Esquipulas). El Santuario de Chimayo is also the site of “el pocito” the small pit of Holy Dirt which many people attribute as possessing remarkable curative powers.This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site which has been called “no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States.” The present church was built in 1816.

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