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Sanctuary de Chimago 2

El Santuario de Chimayó is a Roman Catholic church in Chimayó, New Mexico, USA. This santuario (Spanish for "sanctuary"), a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called "no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States." Each year some 30,000 people from all over the world make pilgrimages to the Santuario de Chimayó during Holy Week, especially on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, some seeking blessings and some in fulfillment of a vow. Walking is traditional; some pilgrims walk from as far away as Albuquerque, about 90 miles (150 km). The feast of St. James the Great (Santiago) is celebrated on the fourth weekend of July with, among other events, a traditional play.

El Santuario de Chimayó was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

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Taken on August 22, 2010