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Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe

Historic Site · Landmark
One of the oldest gathering places in the United States and the city's cultural epicenter, Santa Fe Plaza dates back to the first decade of the 17th century. Originally constructed by Spanish colonial authorities, the square is now on the National Register of Historic Places and remains one of the city's most popular areas. Wander the tree-lined walkways, or explore the many restaurants, shops, galleries, and historical buildings surrounding the square. Take note of the nearby basilica, which is a shining example of the adobe architectural style. Check local listings for information on events, such as the concerts and markets frequently hosted at the site. Plan a trip to Santa Fe easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Wait for the city to wake up and see all the vendors and crafts and fun stores. Interesting history.  more »
  • The plaza is WAY too commercialized and designed just for tourists. A shame because they really should focus on the history here.  more »
  • There is a stone commemorating the end of the old Santa Fe Trail for cattle drives. Good touch of history. Otherwise it is a town center square, much like all old towns have.  more »
  • Love this place. Santa Fe is probably my second favorite town in the States, other than my home town. The people, culture, art, architecture, and history are interesting to learn and follow. I would like to eventually get a small adobe house down there. But, be sure to visit the Historic District, it has I think it's called, "The Palace of Governors", I walk by it every time I can when I'm in the historic district. Great Native American Art, made by natives, and sold by them personally. Wish I had more money to spend while I was down. But, I love the art. This area you will find many things. Like the the Oldest House and Oldest Church. Can't remember which is which, but I think it's the oldest house in America and the oldest church in Santa Fe, and they're are both right next to each other. They also have many art exhibits come through this town, one of which I really wanted to see, but didn't get there in time to see it. Waaahhh, tears to my eyes.
  • Historic landmarks all around, great arts and crafts district. I visited during Indian Market weekend. It was an excellent show of arts and culture. People from all over the world were assembled to appreciate such a beautiful culture. There was good food everywhere, beautiful jewelry, and several others items for sale.
  • Really cool location with many places to window shop! It is a great experience! There was a place with some of the most unique and marvelous woodwork that I have ever seen! Also, the Overlands shop is pretty cool! There was even a street musician helping to add to the quaint atmosphere!
  • Such a unique place!! Nice, shaded grassy square in the center of the plaza to sit and rest and give dogs shade. Parking is a bit of a challenge. There are meters for parking that taken credit cards. The plaza cafe has an awesome New Mexican breakfast. La Fonda hotel has been there for ages and is a great lunch spot. The Palace of the Governors is fascinating. Don't try to take an RV of any kind. These are very old, very narrow streets.
  • This is a wonderful place to go shopping. It has many stores. Something for everyone. During the day there are some street vendors along the side on blankets selling items-mostly jewelry. At night there were concerts while I was here. There is a very wide variety of shops & food.

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