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Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel

Bulto of Santo Nino de Atocha by Felix Lopez
Santo Nino Chapel during Holy Week.

The chapel of Santo Nino de Atocha was built in 1856 by the Medina family after Severiano Medina made a pilgrimage to Fresnillo, Mexico in fulfillment of a promise that he made to God. Santo Nino de Atocha, the manifestation of Jesus as a child, is the patron of travelers, miners, the imprisoned and "los desamparados" (the abandoned). Santo Nino is said to wander the night on foot looking for people most in need of his help.

It was to Santo Nino that the men of northern New Mexico, stationed in the Phillipines at the outbreak of WWII, prayed to during the Siege of Corregidor and the subsequent Bataan Death March. In the late 1940's the survivors of the Death March and their families began the first Holy Week pilgrimage to Chimayo and the shrine of Santo Nino (which was housed, at that time, at el Santuario de Chimayo). This has now become a major pilgrimage of as many as 40,000 people annually.

Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel was acquired by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1992 and has been recently renovated as a modern Children's Chapel. Inside a small room adjoining the main chapel is a large bulto of Santo Nino made by the well-known santero, Felix Lopez. Filling the shelves are hundreds of pairs of children's shoes and other offerings left for Santo Nino, who is in constant need of new shoes because of his long journeys on foot.   

Hours Open to Visitation

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, October through April. 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM May through September.

 ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA accessible. Call (505) 351-9961 for specific accomodation needs. 

For More Information, Contact:

Richard Rieckenberg
P.O. Box 235, Chimayo, NM 87522
(505) 351-9961

Ann Marie wrote on April 07, 2013: I am so absolutely fascinated with this story, as I am reading Miracles of the Christ Child by Bob and Penny Lord. This is making me do much more research. Sadly we have passed Chimayo, NM on many trips from Santa Fe to Taos in the years past. I want to go there. If you can provide more information on Santo Nino it would be GREAT. I tried the website you listed below but it did not work. God bless you

Richard Rieckenberg wrote on November 28, 2012: Thank you for the comment, Jess. Santo Nino is the Christ child. To read more about him, please go to the website for El Santuario de Chimayo --

Jess Vasquez wrote on November 28, 2012: Your story is fascinating I am left with one big question. that is who is Santo Nino? Was it some youth who died and later he was credited with miraculous? He had to be somebody and entity. you allude to this.

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Latitude: 35.996618700
Longitude: -105.900950400
Elevation: 6814 FT (2077 M)
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