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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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  • This chapel is a must see for all who visit Santa Fe. To sit in its beauty and reflect on your own faith in mankind and spiritual growth. 
  • Went to Mass there recently. This cathedral is so beautiful and so was the mass. The choir sang beautifully as well as the solo singers 
  • The Cathedral Basilica of St Frances of Assisi is just a block from the main Plaza area of Santa Fe. It towers over the surrounding buildings and is set apart by its magnificent architecture. We visit...  read more »
  • Absolutely beautiful and so very serene. I can honestly say I've never felt such peace inside a building before (church or otherwise). If you are ever in Santa Fe I highly recommend visiting this cathedral.
  • This is a beautiful cathedral with a wonderful fusion of European and New Mexican elements. Stay for a Sunday mass when they play the organ.
  • Truly stunning centerpiece for Santa Fe's religious community. Amazing example of New Mexico syncretic architecture.
  • The architecture and design is super awesome. The holy water fountain is very nice.
  • This beautiful cathedral built in the 1800's is still in active use. The interior is decorated with gilded icons and murals. I definitely recommend this church for a quick prayer or weekly mass.
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