San Miguel Mission (Spanish: Misión de San Miguel), also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is the oldest known church in the continental United States.[3] The church was damaged during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 but was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest and served for a time as a chapel for the Spanish soldiers. The wooden reredos, which includes a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709, was added in 1798. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions.

San Miguel Archángel
San Miguel Chapel.jpg
The front exterior to the Chapel of San Miguel.
AffiliationRoman Catholic
LocationSanta Fe, New Mexico
San Miguel Mission is located in New Mexico
San Miguel Mission
Shown within New Mexico
Geographic coordinates35°41′00″N 105°56′16″W / 35.68343°N 105.93767°W / 35.68343; -105.93767Coordinates: 35°41′00″N 105°56′16″W / 35.68343°N 105.93767°W / 35.68343; -105.93767
TypeAdobe construction in the Romanesque fortress church style, with heavily buttressed walls and battlements on the flat roof.
Completed1610 to 1625
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Added to NRHPNovember 24, 1968[1]
NRHP Reference no.68000032
Designated as NHLNovember 24, 1968[2]

The church is a contributing property in the Barrio De Analco Historic District, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.[4]

Masses are still offered at the chapel on Sundays.


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  1. ^ "Barrio de Analco Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-06-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
  3. ^ Miguel Chapel
  4. ^ Richard Greenwood (August 2, 1975), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Barrio de Analco (pdf), National Park Service and Accompanying 24 photos, exterior, from 1968 (32 KB)

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