During your New Mexico vacation, you are probably looking for exciting things to do in Santa Fe. Visiting the oldest church in the U.S.A. should be up at the top of your list.
The Chapel of San Miguel, also called San Miguel Mission, is a two block walk from the state capitol, at De Vargas St. and Old Santa Fe Trail. This site is rich in Southwestern history.
Originally, the chapel was built in 1626 by the Tlaxcalan Indians. Unfortunately, none of that structure remains on site as it was burned during the 1680 Pueblo rebellion. However, you can see the beautiful 1709 wooden sculpture of San Miguel (Saint Michael), carved in Mexico to celebrate the victory of the people over Satan. The Mission chapel you will see was rebuilt under the orders of General Diego De Vargas. Reconstruction took place between the years 1694-1710. Additional towers were built in 1830 and 1887.
For those who want things to do in Santa Fe that will leave them with something to bring home to commemorate the journey, there is a small gift shop attached to the Mission of San Miguel where patrons can purchase souvenirs. For churchgoers, Sunday services are held at San Miguel each week, and the chapel is open to visitors daily.