Because it was built as a shrine, the Santuario contained a curio shop selling weavings that were cheaper than Navajo rugs because they were made with commercial yarns. As both an artistic center and inspiration, the Santuario was home to Spanish Colonial altar screens by such masters as Rafael Aragon and the painter known as Molleno. Woodworkers based the design of the original doors on Baroque prototypes.
Carpenters raised the santuary roof higher than the body of the church so that light would illuminate the altar.
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They added rooms on either side of the vestibule to sell pilgrimage mementos and rugs. Two hundred years later, Good Friday pilgrims still risk sore feet and legs and dodge speeding cars in the annual pilgrimage. Other Offers Sign up for newsletters Enable notifications Already a subscriber? Sign In.
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Finally, accepting the miracle, the people of Chimayo recognized the curative powers of the earth and built the church to protect and venerate the cross and the hole containing the holy earth. In some versions of the story it was a shepherd who found the hole and the crucifix and a mule that brought the cross back to its rightful place. The cult of the curing earth and the Black Christ crucifix was spread through Mexico primarily by Franciscan friars.
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The Santuario at Chimayo NM. As years passed, the legend of the black Christ crucifix became intervened with local beliefs, and the site where Chimayo stands is considered sacred. Chimayo is visited by about , visitors per year from all over the world. Believers often take some of the holy dirt with them hoping to cure themselves or their loved ones. The dirt is later replaced from the nearby hillsides.
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Email Required. Review Subject Required. Comments Required. Nestled in a valley at the feet of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, the Santuario de Chimayo has been called the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in America. To experience the Santuario's miraculous healing dirt, pilgrims and visitors first walk into the cool, adobe church, proceeding up an aisle to the altar with its magnificent crucifix.
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They then turn left to enter a low-slung room filled with cast-off crutches, a statue of the Santo Nino de Atocha, and photos of thousands of people who have been prayed for in the exact spot they are standing. An adjacent room, stark by contrast, contains little but a hole in the floor, known as the pocito. From this well in the earth, the Santuario's half a million annual visitors gather handfuls of holy dirt, celebrated for two hundred years for its purported healing properties. The book tells the fascinating stories of the Pueblo and Nuevomexicano Catholic origins of the site and the building of the church, the eventual transfer of the property to the Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and the modern pilgrimage of believers alongside thousands of tourists.
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Drawing on extensive archival research as well as fieldwork in Chimayo, Brett Hendrickson examines the claims that various constituencies have made on the Santuario, its stories, dirt, ritual life, commercial value, and aesthetic character. The importance of the story of the Santuario de Chimayo goes well beyond its sacred dirt, to illuminate the role of Southwestern Hispanics and Catholics in American religious history and identity.
The healing powers and marvel of the Santuario shine through the pages of Hendrickson's book, allowing readers of all kinds to feel like they have stepped inside an institution in American and religious history.