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San Albino Church, Las Cruces

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The Basilica of San Albino, formerly known as San Albino Church of Mesilla, is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces and is located in Mesilla, New Mexico. It has the distinction of having originally been established in Mexico, but it is now located in the United States as a result of a transfer of territory in the Gadsden Purchase. The first church on the site was built in 1852; the current structure was built in 1906, and is one of the oldest churches in the region. Daily masses are held in both Spanish and English.AppearanceThe basilica sits on the north side of the town square, and is built of fired brick, with a belfry facade on each corner. There are leaded stained glass windows depicting saints with geometric designs lining the walls of the nave. The parapet between the belfries is much like a mission style. Both the interior and the exterior walls were stripped of their plaster during a renovation and stabilization in the 1960s. A memorial to parishioners who died in combat is near the front entry. The church is surrounded by a low stone wall.HistoryAfter the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1846, the town of Mesilla was established sometime around 1850 on the Mexican side of the newly established Mexican-American border, by refugees from former Mexican territory that had been ceded to the United States. A priest, Ramón Ortiz y Miera, was appointed to be Commissioner of Emigration to assist in resettling these Mexican citizens. The Mexican government ordered the church established in 1852 to support local residents. The settlers soon constructed a church on the south side of Mesilla's central plaza. This first building was constructed of mud and logs, and dedicated to the Breton Saint Albinus of Angers (Albino in Spanish), who was born in Vannes, France in 469.
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  • We were truly disappointed that they don't allow visitors into the church. It is lovely to look at from the outside. Maybe they've had problems? I don't know, but disappointing to us. I truly apprecia...  more »
  • At the time I was a student in New Mexico State University, between 1986 and 1988, had the opportunity of visiting most of the ancient places around Las Cruces. Old Mesilla is a place nobody there can...  more »
  • We visited Mesilla Plaza where the church is located on Christmas Eve. They were conducting services at the church. The plaza and surrounding roads were lined with luminaries with real candles. There ...  more »
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  • Very pretty church on the Plaza in La Mesilla.
  • Nice to visit. Recommend billy the kid store.
  • Great minor basilica in Mesilla
  • Beautiful place to worship
  • My wife and I went to see the nativity at this church last night (12/25/2015) and there found the door open at 7:00 with the priest present inside. We were looking for comfort from GOD For issues we have been praying about. That night we received the comfort asking for and a blessing from the priest. For us this was a DIVINE intervention of which only GOD COULD HAVE KNOWN AS THE CHURCH WAS ACTUALLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT THAT HOUR. God is great!

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