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Cross of the Martyrs

600 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM (Downtown)
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Ranked #44 of 109 Attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Leisure education
Description: A monument dedicated to the Franciscans killed in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt.
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Arvada, Colorado
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a free little park with an incredible history. I was out running and noticed the white cross on the hill, SO, I ran up to it to see that the deal was about. It was a nice little find and a free! I took the time to read the history on the plaques going up the walkway to... More

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Santa Fe
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Cross of the Martyrs is situated on the top of a hill above Santa Fe. It is a short walk from the plaza to the entrance. The cross itself is a simple white painted metal cross that commemorates the Franciscan priests who were killed during the Pueblo revolt in the late 1600's. The paved path from the bottom winds... More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

It's a not particularly impressive or artistic cross. The actual cross is in a different location and could be seen entering or leaving the city from or to the north (toward Taos.) It was meant to be seen from the road with the city or scenery in the background. You walk up to this and you see it up close.... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This site was a little hard to find, but a local man knew right where it was! It's quite a long walk on a winding path to get there, but along there way there are plaques with interesting historic facts. A must see!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

It's free, so that's a bonus. There isn't a whole lot to the attraction, just a paved foot path up a hill to the cross at the top. The area is also shared with Old Fort Marcy park, also free. At the top of the hill, it offers good views of Santa Fe, so that I would say, is the... More

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Brandon, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just 2 blocks off the Plaza up the hill you will see a large cross. For our Catholic friends who know their history, this is the site of a massacre during the time of the Indian Revolt. Names of the fallen and history leading up to this are there. You can walk up a steep staircase or take your car... More

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Hainesville, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Do this short and pleasant hike first thing in the morning. If you do, it's cool outside and makes it very enjoyable. Plus the sun is still in the east and gives you a great photo opportunity of downtown Santa Fe. The town itself is awesome, so this is just one more highlight that is free and a healthy choice.

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Santa Fe
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

A lot of negative Nelly's here. I moved to Santa Fe about 2 months ago and I always wondered what the cross was. My co-workers encouraged me to hike up there. It is definitely a work out I felt it on my thighs and buns. What an amazing view from the top. I recommend walking not driving you miss reading... More

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Alameda, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

It's Thanksgiving Day in Santa Fe and appropriately, all the lovely gallerys and stores on the Plaza are closed. A lovely day to walk on The Alameda, by the river, and meander through the historic east end of downtown. A fine destination for a stroll is the Cross of the Maryrs. We're not big on crosses or martyrs, but we... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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346 reviews 346 reviews
219 attraction reviews
479 helpful votes 479 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

This park was not mentioned in any of the guidebooks or tourist maps we picked up in the town. We saw some old pictures taken from a hill in a restaurant so walked in a general north-easterly direction from the plaza and 10 minutes later there it was. There’s a short, sloping, zigzagged path up the hill from Paseo de... More

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