With shiny skyscrapers and contemporary office buildings, Santa Fe, New Mexico, has all the hallmarks of a New World metropolis. But look closer—European-style churches and Spanish colonial landmarks jostle for space in the city's skyline; "The City Different" has preserved its impressive history. Book a room in a Sante Fe hotel and experience historical landmarks like the Museum of New Mexico, the San Miguel Mission, and the Loretto Chapel.
With its Gothic exterior, the Loretto Chapel—opened in 1878—is a former Roman Catholic Church that's become a popular wedding venue. Its famous spiral staircase is something of a local legend; the identity of its builder and the materials used for its construction are two unsolved mysteries that have baffled historians for over a hundred years. Fascination with the helix-shaped spiral staircase has inspired a television movie—"The Staircase," starring William Petersen and Barbara Hershey—and a segment of the TV series "Unsolved Mysteries."
Book hotels near Loretto Chapel to be close to other historical landmarks like the nearby Palace of the Governors, located less than a mile from Santa Fe hotels in the city's downtown area. The adobe structure is the oldest continuously used public building in the country and home to a museum with exhibits on the history of the "Land of Enchantment." The building—constructed by the Spanish in 1610—houses artifacts from the Civil War in Mexico, Kit Carson, and the Rough Riders. The New Mexico State Capitol is also within walking distance of the Loretto Chapel; the structure is the only round state capitol in the country.
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