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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  • The plaza is for sure one of the places you will visit in Santa Fe. In the morning you will find the native americans selling their jewelry under the portales of the Governors Building. At night the p...  more »
  • The Palace of the Governors fee includes the New Mexico History Museum. We walked through without a tour and learned a little about the history of New Mexico and the US.  more »
  • The historical displays here are fascinating, showing the differences in the past uses of the building. Doors are smaller as people were shorter. Be sure to allow time to go through the History Museum...  more »
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  • We actually did not have time to tour the palace but did purchase jewelry directly from the Native Americans in the outdoor portal of the palace. It was wonderful to talk to the local artists and the jewelry, pottery, weavings, etc. were awesome and authentic. Santa Fe is a wonderful vibrant town & we want to return when we have more time.
  • Very nice visit seen lots of Amazing local jewelry and the people here were very nice.
  • Essential stop for weekend visitors seeking to purchase jewelry and art created by artisans from local pueblos.
  • Lots of homemade goods sold here. Good to browse around and admire true talent.
  • Nice place to experience some local history and art.

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