Santa Fe, New Mexico
Built in 1873-78, the Loretto Chapel is best known for its "miraculous" staircase leading to the choir loft. Legend has it that the staircase, built without nails or support beams, was constructed by a carpenter who mysteriously appeared, completed the job then disappeared without pay or leaving his name.
The Santa Fe Trail crosses the Santa Fe River about 200 feet S of the Chapel. It was built for students of Loretto Academy. The most famous student at the academy who was connected to the Santa Fe Trail was Marian Sloan Russell. She made five trips over the Santa Fe Trail and published her famous memoirs "Land of Enchantment". The chapel is said to be modeled after Sainte Chapelle, the Gothic masterpiece in Paris. Located in the Santa Fe Historic District.