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Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe

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The Palace of the Governors is an adobe structure located on Palace Avenue on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico, between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue. It is within the Santa Fe Historic District and it served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.HistoryIn 1610, Pedro de Peralta, the newly appointed governor of the Spanish territory covering most of the American Southwest, began construction on the Palace of the Governors, although recent historical research has suggested that construction began in 1618. In the following years, the Palace changed hands as the territory of New Mexico did, seeing the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Spanish reconquest from 1693 to 1694, Mexican independence in 1821, and finally American possession in 1848.The Palace originally served as the seat of government of the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico, which at one time comprised the present-day states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, and New Mexico. After the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México was administered from the Palace of the Governors. When New Mexico was annexed as a U.S. territory, the Palace became New Mexico's first territorial capitol.
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  • Taking up one side of the Plaza is the Palace of Governors, the oldest government building in the U.S.A and a market place for the Native Pueblo Indians to show and sell their originally made jewelry ...  more »
  • The oldest ongoing government building in the US. Santa Fe's heart and soul facing the traditional Spanish designed central plaza. It is SF'e's original and first museum, exceptionally well preserved ...  more »
  • Lots of native jewelry, friendly vendors, reasonable prices. A must-see when in Santa Fe, a great opportunity to talk with the native sellers. 
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  • If these walls could talk, the history they would share would be astounding! This building has seen the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the settlement of the southwest and Santa Fe, home to many Spanish generals, governors of the state and is now the largest artifact owned by the New Mexico Museum. Take a step back in time and witness history for yourself!
  • The tour was one of the best, most comprehensive history lessons I've had. Bill touched on all the high points, and major events in New Mexican history. It's definitely time well spent
  • Great exhibits. Learning experience gives you all the history of the region. Great native vendors.
  • Was really epic to see a long line slowy going next to a even longer line of artist selling homemade goods
  • This building is a great place to visit and the information in English and Spanish is great.