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Um, believers claim that this miraculous nail-free spiralling staircase was built by St. Joseph. It is a beautiful little church and a beautiful little staircase that they claim is an architectural feat, and I suppose if St. Joseph showed up on a donkey to build it for the sisters there's no reason for you to miss it if you're going to be in Santa Fe.

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Zozobra

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An annual tradition that dates back to 1924 (the fiestas of Santa Fe are a much older tradition). Zozobra is Old Man Gloom, an immense puppet-creature that gets burned, angrily, every year.

He supposedly burns alongside people's troubles, and you can send your troubles on pieces of paper to the Santa Fe reporter to get burned with him.

This usually happens the second week of September, you can find the offical date on the website.

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San Miguel Chapel

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Santa Fe claims to be the oldest capital in the world, and it puts its date of conception in 1610, the same year that construction on the San Miguel Chapel started.

What stands today is the oldest church in the United States.

For one dollar you can enter this small adobe building, the only one of its time that survived the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Not as ornate as other churches in the area, but it probably is more worth the visit than the others with its folk art and mission history.

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