Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe

Recognized as a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was founded as a parish the same year as the city was founded, in 1610. The current building featuring Romanesque revival architecture was dedicated in 1887. Note the round arches and Corinthian columns. The rose windows in the front of the church depict the twelve apostles. The best view of the windows is from the chapel where services take place. In the exterior porticos, several statues commemorate saints. The statue of Kateri Tekakwitha pays homage to the first Native American to be beatified. Notice the bronze doors leading back inside the church. The panels on the outside tell the story of the church in Santa Fe history. Put Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and other Santa Fe attractions into our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Lovely church. We enjoyed our time looking at the architecture and the stained glass windows. I would recommend that you see it if you are ever in Danta Fe.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    A beautiful cathedral in central Santa Fe. There is a beautiful prayer garden behind the cathedral that is an oasis in the dessert. A great place to stop in the shade and contemplate life.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Beautiful, historic church. Many relics there, very good docent with a lot of knowledge. Definitely worth a tour !  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Beautiful art in the stations of the cross prayer garden. Beautiful architecture. Surprisingly, there is a little book store inside. Neat labyrinth outside in courtyard. Recommend taking a peek.
  • June 30, 2017
    The Host was WONDERFUL, we purchased ornaments clerk was so so, sorry we are native New Mexicans and we weren't dressed to impress lol..... We enjoyed are time and moved on. God Bless us All....
  • March 23, 2017
    This is the only Cathedral we had time to visit but from first walking in we were greeted with such open arms and we were all given a history lesson on the lighting of the candles. It was our first time. But the detail of all the art work and paintings I was in awe. I would come and visit again if I had time. Hopefully in the near future we can visit them all.
  • June 18, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral. Wonderful service. Many hymns are performed in Spanish, which is great for singing.
  • June 7, 2017
    This is a lovely place... It is a masterpiece inside and out.... such beauty...

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