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This church was built in the late 1800's and is located in Santa Fe's historic Plaza. It became a basilica in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI. It is a beautiful church, and very popular since it's in the plaza. There is a huge fountain, a baptismal fountain, located in the center of the church, under the nave.
If you're in Santa Fe, come say your prayers here at this church. To sit and look around, admiring God's great works on this earth and the peace this sanctuary brings. Even in the midst of all the tourists outside.
Written Jan 13, 2013
Talk about being blown away. This place is an absolute treasure. You can all it folk art, primitivo, rustica...who cares... the quantity, the exhibits, the detail the creativity is not to be believed until you walk in. Located on Museum Hill a couple miles from Old Town Santa Fe.
Written Sep 23, 2012
Address: 706 Camino Lejo Santa Fe, NM 87505
Santa Fe boasts several world class museums, but I was unprepared for how incredibly informative the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is. We were under time contraints and could only allocate 90 minutes, but we could have spent many hours. The place could use a little more light, however, it could be due to the frail baskets and woven goods. Exhibit after exhibit was enlightening. We especially found heart-warming the custom of whoever makes the baby laugh the first time must have a baby laugh party. Pretty awesome. Unfortunately, no photos inside.
Admission costs:$6/New Mexico residents (Sundays free for NM residents)
Museum members and children 16 and under are always free
Hours:Regular hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 5
Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day): Monday-Sunday 10-5
Written Sep 23, 2012
Address: 710 Camino Lejo Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 476-1250
Even if your don't go to any of the four wonderful museums that make up Museum Hill, the plaza between the SW Indian Arts Museum and the International Folk Museum is interesting in and of itself. Plus the area surrounding Museum Hill is pleasant to walk around as you feel you are in a pine forest. Only two miles from the Old Town and there is regular city bus service.
Written Sep 20, 2012
This beautiful, French, Romanesque style cathedral in the center of old town is quite inspiring. In addition to the architecture, there are many wonderful statues surrounding the cathedral. In 1850 the church was deemed too small so a French architect and Italian stone masons to build the facility. On the site of the original adobe church built in 1610.
Written Sep 11, 2012
Address: 131 Cathedral Place
A short two miles from Old Town Santa Fe are four outstanding museums. Surrounded by desert and pines, just walking around the museums is a pleasure. Near the entrance is the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, then a simply mindblowing Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and next door is the mesmerizing Museum of International Folk Art and then the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. One could easily spend an entire day. Fortunately there is a nice cafe on the grounds.
Written Sep 10, 2012
On the opening night of the Santa Fe Fiesta held in early September, the night ski is lit up by the burning of Zozobra, AKA Mr. Gloom... as a symbol to wash away anything bothering you...old bills, divorce papers....bad karma.... The 50 foot tall marionette is teased and insulted, then danced around by ghosts and fire dancers. Then a great fireworks show. At the end of the show Old Man Gloom goes up in a hail of hellfire, fireworks and chants from the crowd. In 2012 a donation of $20 was required to get in, however, it can be seen from outside the park. There is no alcohol, or other party enhancers allowed and revelers must go through tight security controls.
Written Sep 10, 2012
Address: Fort Marcy Park
The sign says it all... "The Arts and Crafts Road"... an incredible number of galleries and craft shops all along one road...Just of of Alameda, the road runs uphill approximately a mile. You don't need to bother going into any gallery as there are hundreds of art works out in front lining the street.
Written Sep 9, 2012
The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe is home to a famous miracle! The spiral staircase built with no nails or real support. The shape of it is extraordinary without any support. The cost is 3 dollars to see the church and it's staircase. The staircase was built by an unknown carpenter who was commissioned from the sisters of the order to build a staircase for their loft area of the church. He did his work, but when the work was done. He disappeared. The nuns couldn't find him. They wanted to pay him or give thanks at least, and he was never to be found. They didn't even get his name. A lot of people believe it was an angel. This is something you need to see when you're in Santa Fe. And don't worry, like almost everything in the Plaza, you'll find a gift shop attached.
Written May 16, 2012
Built in the late 1800s, Loretto Chapel is most famous for it's spiral staircase which gives access to the raised choir loft.
When the chapel had been completed, carpenters were called to advise on how the loft could be accessed but advised that, due to the limited interior space, access would need to be via a ladder. Legend states that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to Saint Joseph (patron saint of carpenters) and on the ninth day of prayer, a man appeared looking for work. Months later the beautiful circular staircase was completed and the carpenter vanished, having received no payment for his work. The Sisters searched hard for the man who had given them such a magnificent gift but found no trace, some concluding that it was Saint Joseph himself who had answered their prayers.
It is said that the staircase, which makes two full 360 degree turns and has no visible means of support, was built without nails, using only wooden pegs. What is now referred to as The Miraculous Staircase attracts visitors from around the world.
It is unfortunately that the Chapel is now owned by a commercial organisation who have turned it into a weddings venue and introduced a visitor centre and shop which you exit through.
Written Feb 26, 2012
Address: 207 Old Santa Fe Trai, Santa Fe
Phone: 505 982-0092
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