El Santuario de Chimayo was built in 1813 in the small community of El Potrero just outside of Chimayo. It was built in response to the discovery of a crucifix, Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas, in 1810 and subsequent miraculous occurrences. El Santuario de Chimayo is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. During Easter weekend, as many as 40,000 people journey to El Santuario, some traveling hundreds on miles on foot, some carrying crosses.
A small doorway to the left of the altar leads to a narrow room. In this room are messages, pictures, small gifts and cast off crutches left by pilgrims as well as a small shrine to Santo Niño de Atocha. At the end of this room, behind a tiny door, is "el pocito" (the little well) where people may take small amounts of Holy Dirt, which many believe have curative powers.
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