What is Chimayo?

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A pilgrimage is a journey a pilgrim makes to a sacred place for the purpose of venerating it or to ask for heavenly aid, and ultimately to come to know God better” – WYD

History of Chimayo, NM

Chimayo is a sacred spot in the north of New Mexico. For centuries, people have made pilgrimages to the Sanctuario de Chimayo (the sanctuary of Chimayo). Many people make the pilgrimage to Chimayo for different reasons – some go on pilgrimage to seek God, others go to encounter creation, some go simply as tourists to see this historic place.

 The Sanctuario de Chimayo has a rich history that has unfolded over centuries. There are a few different explanations of the story of the sanctuario. The most well-known version of the story is that a man named Bernardo Abeyeta, an early settle of the Chimayo area, saw a great light in the hillside near the Santa Cruz river.

After walking to the hillside, the light was found to be radiating from a crucifix in the dirt. The local people processed the holy crucifix to the church of the neighboring village, but reappeared every time back to the hillside. In 1813, the Chimayo locals requested permission to build a small chapel on the hillside where the crucifix was found. Locals would make small pilgrimages to the sactuario to pray to God for miracles.

Two hundred years later, thousands of people make pilgrimages to the same sanctuario every year. The sanctuario receives the most pilgrims during Holy Week, where thousands of people walk along the highways from different places to the sanctuario. 

This site is dedicated to assisting those desiring to make the pilgrimage to Chimayo.

For more information, go to the official Sanctuario de Chimayo website here

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