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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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  • The grounds are well maintained the the interior of the building is immaculate. There are docents throughout to tell you about the history and artwork and relics within. It only takes a couple of minu...  more »
  • This was the religious home for New Spain in the northern frontier of their New World. Wonderful stain glass windows 
  • The architecture and stained glass are beautiful. This is a work of art in a city that is full of art and history. Mass was just letting out when we arrived. We only walked around inside for a few min...  more »
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  • Built around the original adobe church that was constructed originally by the Spanish conquistadors, known as La Parroquia, and is home to the oldest Marian doll in North America. When, Santa Fe received their first bishop, a French man named Jean Baptiste Lamy, Lamy would construct the Romanesque church around the original adobe structure and influence the construction of the Loretto Chapel and for giving Santa Fe the European feel it has today! Lots of History and very beautiful
  • 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.
  • Gorgeous building. Don't miss the stations of the cross garden behind the main church.
  • a beautiful church, too bad you can not visit when they make tests of singing. Then he dedicated to a saint who loved animals but for these applies the entry ban :(
  • Truly stunning centerpiece for Santa Fe's religious community. Amazing example of New Mexico syncretic architecture.