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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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  • Adobe architecture, not a European Romanesque building is the Cathedral boasts a staff of Santa Fe Celebrates 150 years of history. Tour is free of charge, the fountain gushing from the middle of the Hall was impressed. Explore Santa Fe detour.
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  • Added in 2010, the Stations of the Cross Prayer Garden is a great addition. It is so peaceful and quiet. There are about 10 stops as you walk around the garden - each stop is a sculpture progressing t...  more »
  • It is both a historical and a restful walk around the Cathedral. The various scenes depicted cause one to reflect on the time period and theme intended for the viewer. Some in our group just wanted to...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • Beautiful cathedral. Wonderful service. Many hymns are performed in Spanish, which is great for singing.
  • This is a lovely place... It is a masterpiece inside and out.... such beauty...

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