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Miracle Dirt at Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico
El Santuario de Chimayo is a strange combination of roadside tourist attraction and holy shrine. Fortunately, the two contrasting definitions seem to co-exist nicely. The Santuario is perhaps one of New Mexico’s most picturesque, and most photographed adobe churches. But most people don’t visit for the quaint appearance, or quiet atmosphere, they’re here for the miracles. More on that, once we get inside. First, walk around outside. It’s especially beautiful in springtime, when the trees near the chapel are in bloom. The old doors at the front of the church’s courtyard are perfect for photographs. Unfortunately, during my visit, the …