Handcrafted Loretto Chapel Ornament

ID: 1208


This small wooden collectible ornament has been meticulously handcrafted in New Mexico with special attention to its distincive details. The chapel is known for its miraculous spiral staircase.

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Local artist Carolyn Johnson handcrafted this small wooden replica of the Loretto Chapel. She has modeled 65 different churches into little wooden ornaments. Each one is extremely detailed to show the exterior of each church.


The Loretto Chapel was built without access to the chior loft. The Sisters of Loretto prayed to Saint Joseph for a solution. An unknown carpenter arrived in answer to the Sisters' prayers. He built the Miraculous Staircase out of wood with no center support. The chapel and its staircase attracts visitors from around the world.


This wooden replica makes the perfect keepsake for the visitor or collectable for those who appreciate northern New Mexico Churches, sacred places, or handcrafted art. Each ornament has a description of the church and the artist's signature.  Collect them all!

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