San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, Ranchos De Taos

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San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is a historic and architecturally significant church on the main plaza of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. Built between 1772 and 1816, it is one of the finest extant examples of a Spanish Colonial New Mexico mission church, and is a popular target for photographers. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.DescriptionSan Francisco de Asis is located about 4mi south of Taos, New Mexico, at the center of the main plaza in the unincorporated of Ranchos de Taos on the south side of New Mexico State Road 68. It is a large adobe structure, about 120ft in length, with a cruciform plan. An adobe wall extends from the back of the church and one of the transepts to form an enclosed rectangular area on the building's south side. Adobe buttresses project from several portions of the main walls, including architecturally distinctive beehive-curved buttresses at the ends of the transepts. The roof is formed out of adobe laid on planking supported by timber vigas, set in distinctive doubly corbelled mounts. The vigas are also more closely spaced than is typically found in other examples of Spanish colonial architecture. The entrance is flanked by a pair of bell towers.HistoryThe mission at Ranchos de Taos was established in the early 18th century. Construction on this church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers; its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It was the center of the fortified plaza, which provided for protection against Comanche attackers. The church has undergone several instances of restoration, including in 1967, when all of the ceiling vigas and doors were replaced with reproductions.
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  • A beautiful and peaceful place immortalized in photograph and painting. We have been many times and love the architecture, history, and tranquility.  more »
  • Just walking the grounds sets the tone. Peaceful, relaxing and spiritual. Went to eat at Ranches Plaza Grill (a bonus), then was told they do not serve alcohol because they are next to the church. Exc...  more »
  • An awful lot of history here. Take your time and you can get some beautiful pictures with the deep blue sky and the mission and the flowers.  more »
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  • The church is such a beautiful natural building, you could even see and smell straw sticking out of the adobe mud that has hardened to keep the building stable. I was told that the straw and adobe is updated every three years even today. Highly recommend going early to see the inside as well because they close out exactly by the hour. The small cemetery in the front court yard is touching and the headstones are old, aged and add a sense of spirit and to the overall space.
  • It is a really amazing place. I have never seen a church like this before. This should be interesting and impressive for anybody regardless of their faith.
  • Beautiful church you can take pictures of the outside but you can't take pictures inside. There are postcards and such for sale in a giftshop nearby
  • A beautiful church full of rich history and very well maintained by the parish. Very spiritual.
  • Beautiful, peaceful church courtyard. I spent half an hour here looking at the building and enjoying the benches in the shade.
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