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Santa Fe

The Cahtedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. 

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The Cathedral was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886.  St. Francis Cathedral is located on the site of an older adobe church, La Parroquia--a small chapel from the old church was incorporated into the construction of the cathedral.

 

The fount inside St. Francis Cathedral.

 

Taking a walk along San Francisco Street in the Old Plaza.

 
  
At the center of the Old Plaza is a Civil War memorial obelisk commemorating those of the Federal Army who fell at the Battle of Valverde. 

 The Old Plaza at sunset.

 

A look further down San Francisco Street.

 

A former Catholic Church, the Loretto Chapel now functions as a museum and a wedding chapel.  The chapel was commissioned by Archishop Jean Baptiste Lamy as a convent chapel to be named Our Lady of Light and to be run by the Sisters of Loretto.  The chapel is famous for its spiral staircase. 

 

The Sanctuary inside the Loretto Chapel.

 

 The mysterious spiral staircase is believed by the nuns to have been built by St. Joseph after nine days of prayer intercession to the saint after it was discovered that through an oversight, no stairway was built to the choir loft!  A mysterious man appeared, said he would build the staircase, but needed total privacy--with a square and a few other tools, he locked himself away for three months in the chapel, and built the spiral staircase.  The staircase is 20 feet high and makes two complete revolutions, built with no nails (dowels and wooden pegs were used) and no center of support.  Ten years after it was built, in 1887, the railing was added.  It is thought the staircase was built by French carpenter Francois-Jean "Frenchy" Rochas.

 
Renamed for a late district judge in 2004, the Santiago E. Campos United States Courthouse was finished in 1889 and was initially intended to be the capitol buidling.  In front of the building is a sandstone obelisk erected in 1884 as a memorial to Kit Carson.  The structure is alleged to be haunted 

Between Alameda Street and the Santa Fe River are a series of wood carvings from old trees of the archangels.

 
  
Helicon, a 12-foot long and eight-foot high colossal horse head, is located on Canyon Rd--the Santa Fe art district.  Artists John Sherrill Houser and Ethan Taliesin constructed the horse head as a separate piece of bronze sculpture, redesigned from "The Equestrian," the world's largest equestrian bronze that was installed at the El Paso International Airport in 2007--that sculpture is 36 feet high. 

San Miguel Church is the oldest church structure in the United States.  The original adobe walls were built by Tiaxcalan Indians from Meixco under the direction of the Franciscan padres in 1610.  In this photo, the church is undergoing some repair.

 

The Sanctuary inside San Miguel Church.

 

Looking to the rear of San Miguel Church where visitors are looking at historical artifacts.

 

Near San Miguel Church is the reputed to be the oldest house in the USA. circa 1646.  It now houses a shop. 

 

A view northwest down Water Street about a block over from the Old Plaza.

 

The Roundhouse---the New Mexico State Capitol building.  The structure is designed to look like the Zia sun symbol from the air.

 

A walking bridge crosses the Santa Fe River along Alameda Street about a mile east of the Old Plaza

 

The Santa Fe Opera House, located a few miles north of Santa Fe.

 

 Cristo Rey Church, built in 1939--located on Canyon Rd near the art district.

 

 Inside Cristo Rey.

 

 

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