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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  • August 13, 2017
    On the covered breezeway facing the Plaza, Native American artisans sell their wares. One told us that only the Native Americans can exhibit their wares and they must be able to show that the items th...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Beautiful old building, well maintained. Good exhibit of new Mexico History, docents and security guards friendly and informative. good gift shop and central location on square. They are a North Ameri...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    I enjoyed meeting Native American craftsman. We were there on a day when they were selling their crafts. I bought some nice pieces of silver jewelry. The prices are that of what local jewelry smiths h...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    The one and only place to see America's finest Indian market, spread out on the Palace grounds. Make sure to check out my friend Ross Lewallen's gallery across the street, too.
  • February 11, 2017
    It is always fun to walk through this area and see what the vendors are offering. They have a good selection of items and some of the items are beautiful. Just because they are selling their wares on a blanket on the ground doesn't mean these are costume or cheap. In fact some of the items were on the expensive side. If nothing else walk through and enjoy the view.
  • April 10, 2017
    In Sante Fe you must go here and buy your souvenir from one of the many local Indians who hand craft with pride their jewelry. I bought two peices, both gave me their card. Everyone friendly when you engaged, otherwise quite. Great for photos too.
  • January 16, 2017
    I love history museums. This place was decent, though not very kid friendly. Upside: I learned a lot! Downside: there were more "information boards" than great artifacts. In fact, many of the artifacts were simply samples of what things might have been.

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