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San Felipe de Neri Church, Albuquerque

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Originally constructed by colonial Spanish authorities, San Felipe de Neri Church represents an integral part of the state's cultural heritage and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the European-style church, finished in 1793 to replace an earlier building on the same spot, and admire its construction featuring two bell towers and stout adobe walls. Once inside, notice its understated decor, including a metal ceiling and intricate altar at the front. Take the opportunity to browse the on-site museum's displays of artifacts, which date as far back as the 17th century. As it's still an active church, you can join in on the regularly-held services during your visit. For San Felipe de Neri Church and beyond, use our Albuquerque holiday planner to get the most from your Albuquerque vacation.
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  • A must see if you are in the area! Nice gift shop and plenty of info on the church history. Pretty gardens and located across from the square.  more »
  • San Felipe de Neri Church, built in Spanish colonial style, is the oldest church in Albuquerque, dating back to 1706. It has been continuously used since then, first serviced by Franciscan friars, the...  more »
  • We love historical buildings and this one is one of the oldest in the USA and a pleasure to view. The interior consists of typical Catholic interior with wooden pews and statues of dead people. What w...  more »
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  • A place of calm in the middle if a tourist mob. There were three tour buses full of people scrambling to buy souvenirs and a whole crew of electricians laying wiring for a film crew to use the next day. I went into the church and the quiet and calm were immediate. Ten minutes re-energized me .
  • VERY BEAUTIFUL!!! Whoever have the place a one star review is not a person who prays to the almighty one above, if you catch my drift! I found that church to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the pleasure to see. I was literally overcome with a sense of awe and I felt beauty for the first time in a while.
  • The church is indeed beautiful, except for the statue of the patron in the very center behind the altar and a tiny little crucifix. This was a distraction as we processed to the front to receive. The congregation is awesome and participates fully. The music is great, and has a distinctly hispanic flavor. The priest, however, was not very respectful of the altar, or the tabernacle. He was very loose with the liturgy, and the order of Mass. This is just my opinion. I would visit the church to see it, but go to the Holy Mass somewhere else.
  • A beautiful church indeed. Warmth simply consumes you, the priest, parishioners, the presence of the Holy Spirit. Particularly touching is the fact that visitors are acknowledged and embraced. A loving place for sure.
  • Every time we visit Albuquerque and Old Town we have to stop by San Felipe de Neri Church. Love the exterior, but the sanctuary is beautiful. When you stand in the sanctuary you can feel the Holy Spirits presence. A must see for everyone. Amazing that it has been there since 1793.