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Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe

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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. To visit Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and other attractions in Santa Fe, use our Santa Fe vacation trip planner.
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  • Beautiful church with a rich history. I didn't go into the gift shop but people appeared to enjoy it.  more »
  • Spent time at the Garden to reflect at each of the Stations of the Cross. Provocative sculptures and artwork statues made for long reflective and quiet moments of thought.  more »
  • We attended mass on Easter Sunday. It was crowded but a great place to celebrate Easter. The baptism were beautiful to see such an embracing church for children.  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is a lovely place... It is a masterpiece inside and out.... such beauty...
  • Beautiful cathedral. This cathedral has great history and is beautiful inside and out. The park next to the church is relaxing and the architecture is breath taking.
  • Beautiful Basilica, we got to see it decorated for Christmas which was very nice. There is a lot of interesting history to learn here. If you go, pay attention to why the architecture of this building is so different from the rest of the city. Why is there Hebrew script above the door? And don't forget to pay your respects to La Conquistadora.
  • The Cathedral is a very peaceful and has a nice history as well. Inside and out it is a nice place to visit if you are in New Mexico. The staff was friendly and helpful by answering questions. I like the words on the fence, "DIOS DA Y DIOS QUITA" in English is " GOD GIVES AND GOD TAKES"