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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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  • Old Mesilla is a must to go visit! The church is so beautiful. We went inside and were welcomed and greeted by a very nice lady who explained the history of the church. Amazing stained glass windows.  more »
  • A friendly volunteer stands by to answer questions and help with advice in the beautiful sanctuary. The colors and textures are lovely and music soars constantly. A really memorable experience.  more »
  • This is a stop you do not want to miss. The stained glass, the pews, the altar, the ornaments are all well cared-for and properly displayed. You will want to take your camera, but be respectful.  more »
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  • Amazing church with caring and genuine followers in Christ. You will feel welcome and can appreciate the architecture when you visit Old Mesilla.
  • 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!
  • Such a beautiful Church to photograph.
  • I went to a Saturday evening mass and the pastor greeted us at the door. He was very friendly and sang with a beautiful voice. The mass was as beautiful as the church. Count on a full hour.
  • Beautiful!