St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Mescalero

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The St. Joseph Apache Mission Church is a historic church at 626 Mission Trail in Mescalero, New Mexico, United States. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

The church was built upon the stone floor of a prehistoric Jornada Mogollon-culture ruin, estimated to date from 200 to 1400 A.D.
It was designed in Late Late Gothic Revival style by Philadelphia architect William C. Stanton.
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  • This little mission church is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. It has an Apache Jesus and other Apache artwork. Signs are posted to watch out for bats but we didn’t see any.  more »
  • This church is fantastic, The exterior and interior are jaw-dropping. The alter has a cover on the front of it depicting "The Last Supper" with Indians and it is great. Everything about the church...  more »
  • Freshly renovated, the building itself is nice, but what makes this site really worth visiting is the stained glass and artwork, depicting saints and the young Jesus resembling local aboriginal...  more »
  • A must see historical church with original and restored architecture on the Mescalero reservation. Services are open to anyone. Full Roman Catholic mass on Sunday is the best way to experience this church!
  • The great old style rock architecture, in an old country setting... deep in the southwest....
  • Beautiful place - love the integration Catholicism and Native American
  • My dad would always go in and pray and light a candle when we arrived and left Mescalero for as long as I can remember
  • A beautiful, quiet place. Rich in history.

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