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“Beautiful Church” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Francis Cathedral

St. Francis Cathedral
Cathedral Place at San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
505/982-5619
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Ranked #5 of 94 Attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Leisure education
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Owner description: This cathedral was built in 1886, and is known for its beautiful Romanesque architecture.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
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“Beautiful Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

As a Catholic, I always visit new churches, this one did not disappoint. Very beautiful and peacefull inside, a good place for contemplation.

Visited October 2012
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“Breathtakingly Beautiful. So peaceful.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We attended a mass on a beautiful sunny Sunday and it was wonderful. We went back the next day to really take a look at the art and take in the beauty of the building. We stopped to relax and reflect in the quietness and serenity. Make sure to look to the side chapel and see La Conquistadora. The statue was saved from a burning church back in the 1600's. She is wonderous just to see and dons different outfits throughlut the year. They bring her out for special occassions and fiesta. Worth a visit no matter what your religious affiliation is, just to see this lovely place.

Visited September 2012
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Maryland
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Very nice church in the center of the city - definitely worth visiting. Outdoor area is quite nice as well.

Visited October 2012
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“Lovely church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The City of Santa Fe was founded in 1610. That same year the first church was built on this site. The original adobe church was replaced in 1630 by a larger one, which was destroyed by the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680.

The expelled Spaniards returned in 1693, but were not able to rebuild the church until 1714. This new church was named in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Santa Fe.

The only part of this church still existing is the small adobe chapel dedicated to Our Lady La Conquistadora. Brought from Spain in 1625, the statue is the oldest representation of the Virgin Mary in the United States.

In 1850, Santa Fe received its first Bishop, Father John Baptiste Lamy of France. Judging the 1714 old adobe church as inadequate for the seat of the Archdiocese, Bishop Lamy ordered a new Romanesque church built, and brought French architects and Italian stonemasons to build his Cathedral.

Construction of the Cathedral began in 1869 and continued until 1887. The new Cathedral was built around the former adobe church and, when the new walls were complete, the old church was torn down and removed through the front door.

The stained glass windows in the lower bay are from France and depict the twelve apostles. Seven archbishops, including Lamy, are buried in the sanctuary.

Visited November 2012
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“Really not that much to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Unlike the other churches in Santa Fe, there really is not that much to see once you step inside. The nicest place is the little garden on the south side of the church with the giant statute of St. Francis. A nice respite from the crowds during tourist season.

Visited November 2012
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