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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  • August 13, 2017
    We stopped to see and take pictures of the mission. It was in the middle of a "plaza". We expected there to be more at the plaza than there was. Everything was closed except for one restaurant.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Being from The east side of the Mississippi I really had no idea of the concept of adobe built buildings. This church, like the one at La Puebla, is astounding. Well worth the visit. They have a few g...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is an amazing site! The church is beautiful inside and out and the nearby gifts shops are locally run and have great authentic items. I must see for visitors to Taos!  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Beautiful, peaceful church courtyard. I spent half an hour here looking at the building and enjoying the benches in the shade.
  • March 20, 2017
    If I could give this church a zero I would, not because of its beauty but because of the priest and thier lack of compassion for a member of the community. A person dies and he doesn't belong to this church but is Catholic this church wants $300.00 dollars to give him a mass. The family is trying to get money to bury their loved one and the church that should be there for the people in this community wants payment of this amount is absurd. This has always been the case with this particular church and one of the reasons people from this community has left the Catholic Church.
  • June 27, 2017
    I recommend you visit this, you will be glad you did.
  • May 30, 2017
    Called ahead. The gift shop was closed. As was the parish office. They should not be a tourist site if they don't want to be seen. Rude.
  • February 25, 2017
    It's so pretty and the gift shop is amazing.

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