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In the early 1850’s, Severiano Medina, a member of a well-established and influential family of Chimayo, became seriously ill. When he recovered he made a pilgrimage, in thankfulness, to the shrine of Santo Niño de Atocha in the town of Plateros in Zacatecas, Mexico. He returned to Chimayo with a small, papier mache doll of Santo Niño, a manifestation of the Christ Child who is believed to have performed many miracles in Spain and Mexico. Don Medina was given permission to construct a private chapel in which to house the doll. This chapel was completed in 1856 and was instrumental in influencing a large number of devotees to Santo Niño in northern New Mexico. However, it eventually fell into a state of disrepair and was acquired by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1992. The chapel has since been renovated as a Children’s Chapel with modern artwork but still retaining many of the features of the original chapel. The main altar still houses the original doll brought back by Don Medina from Plateros.

Click here to go to a page of the Santuario de Chimayo website and learn more about Santo Niño de Atocha. Click here to go to the Santo Niño de Atocha Prayer Room.

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