The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
4.5
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This cathedral was built in 1886, and is known for its beautiful Romanesque architecture.
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  • James and Sandr... B
    Lufkin, Texas643 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive Church
    Lots of history in this church. We enjoyed the serenity and beauty of the church and the history also. We went to see the 30-inch-tall wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. According to articles I have read she is called La Conquistadora, Our Lady of Conquering Love. She is believed to be the oldest Virgin Mary likeness in the United States. Anyway. we looked for her in Lady Chapel of the church. That is the only part of the older church that remains. After not seeing her there and touring the church we asked at the desk where she was and was told she was at Rosario Chapel for Novena. So we did enjoy the peace and beauty of the church.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • thetravelorganizer
    Tega Cay, South Carolina619 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free to visit, closed Sunday and Monday; don't miss the Prayer Garden and bronze doors
    The French Romanesque Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Place, is open and free to visit Tuesday through Friday from 9:30am-4pm and Saturday from 9:30am-3pm. Tip #1: The powerful Prayer Garden to the right of the Basilica features 14 life-size sculptures depicting the Stations of the Cross. Tip #2: Don’t miss the bronze doors which are reminiscent of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise of the Baptistery in Florence, Italy.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Simon
    Belfast, United Kingdom169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Absolutely beautiful Church and despite the tourists it was still peaceful and quiet for prayer. The artwork is stunning. The tomb of St Francis is so simple and tasteful. The shop is also great, well stocked.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • GastroEclectico
    Phoenix, Arizona899 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History, Heritage, Inspiration & Contemplation!
    This magnificent structure, a beautiful historical landmark, a site of creative beauty, a sanctuary of Catholicism and a place of awe and meditation regardless of one’s convictions is a must visit when in Santa Fe. Its origins, which began in 1626, then rebuilt in the 1700s, is astounding and profound. The present structure’s birth dates from 1869 is a must visit for history buffs like me. From its stunning presence in architecture when viewing from across the street at Cathedral Park, or ascending its stairs, admiring a majestic statue of Father Lami, to its main entry bronze doors, does not put in plain words what will be witnessed once inside its walls. Simply remarkable. The inside is beyond words and must be visited to appreciate. The most compelling offering to me here is the tranquil walk through a fascinating and reflective state of mind when visiting the Prayer Garden, with its fourteen statuaries of the stages leading to Jesus' crucifixion, this tranquil, pensive, green, and lush circular tree laden garden with benches along the way makes you ponder and offers peace of mind. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is a must do when visiting Santa Fe – maybe more than once! Go reflect for a couple of hours, or more!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • JN-FoodieForever
    Austin, Texas1,625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wonderful Mass...
    Wonderful place to celebrate the Mass. We attended Mass on a Sunday morning during a recent trip to Santa Fe, NM. The celebrant at the Mass was the pastor, Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, NM. He was wonderful. To describe the Cathedral as beautiful is an understatement! It is breathtaking... Just walking in the door you feel closer to God! The stained-glass artwork is exceptional. Perhaps most striking about the Mass was the music. A new sound system had been installed a couple of weeks earlier. The choir was great, and the individual singers even better, especially the children that sang solo! The parish clearly devotes a lot of time, energy and funding in support of the music ministry at the parish. Truly, one of the most beautiful Masses we have ever attended. We will definitely be in attending Mass at the Cathedral Basilica every time we visit Santa Fe, NM.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 3, 2023
  • sue hicks
    Fort Worth, Texas72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    cathedral
    very beautiful interior. one wing is extremely old and adobe structure. it has a statue made in spain in the 1400s brought to santa fe in 1625. yes there is a rose stain window and many others.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 31, 2023
  • roadtrip_ken_2017
    Oakland, California436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive neo-Romanesque church
    I visited Santa Fe recently and stopped in to look at the cathedral, built in the 1800s. It's in a very convenient location, just a block from the Plaza. Built in the 1800s, The facade is impressive with its twin bell towers. The spacious and bright interior is even more impressive, built a neo-Romanesque style. There are numerous stained glass windows that are quite beautiful. It doesn't take very long to take a look through the cathedral building, and I'd say that this is one of Santa Fe's most impressive sights.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 11, 2024
  • ReadRibbet
    1,306 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take in the Beautiful Grounds around the Cathedral
    We walked the grounds of the Basilica on our recent trip the Santa Fe. Parking can be difficult in this busy part of town. You can walk onto the grounds with a fee. The front grounds have beautiful statues including St. Francis and St. Kateri. There is also a water sculpture which serves as a memorial for Covid victims. The cathedral is next to a garden area which you can walk around and sit in. We were unable to go inside when we visited.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2024
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Jan W
Odessa, TX18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The area of Santa Fe has many missions and Catholic Churches to visit and all are worth the time. The Beautiful St. Francis of Assisi was so interesting and there was a priest there who took us around and told us stories about St. Francis. He showed us art works that are there and we were able to talk to him for awhile. We left feeling very good about the area and all of the missions and churches.
Written March 6, 2020
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Visit for at least 15 minutes if you are not "churched out". You can sit and be thankful.

Simple beauty with some noteworthy items. Blessed Virgin Mary statue central to the reredos reportedly dates from the 1400s and was brought here in 1625 and the oldest statue of Mary in the US. Besides the statue of St. Francis at the entrance, to the left is a statue of the first Native American Saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the patroness of ecology and the environment.
Written February 12, 2020
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN1,044 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We walked around this church and took some pictures for about 5-10 minutes. Since there was a mass going on, visitors were not allowed in. We came back in the afternoon since our hotel was just 2 minutes walk to here, we walked inside and took some pictures as other visitors did.
Written June 12, 2021
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DDM
North Little Rock, AR10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The grounds are lovely and the mass was nice, but be very careful parking here. The sign on the street says free parking, but we found out the hard way that it’s ONLY free during mass. The church charges $10 to park here, but you won’t see that posted. The meters on the street are free on Sunday, but the church lot is NOT free. If you do decide to park here, be sure and stop at the booth and try to get their attention. If you don’t go to the booth and purchase a ticket, the church will boot you and will charge you and your group $100 per vehicle to remove the boot.
Written May 9, 2021
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ANNIEPG
Pittsburgh572 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Downtown and close to the Plaza it was easy to stop by here and I'm glad we did. The church was beautiful but we found it odd that a large portion of the floor was covered in what looked like cheap old fashioned kitchen linoleum.

Neither my husband or I got a spiritual feel here even though St. Francis is my favorite saint. It felt rather cold and sterile. The placement of the greeting area felt like an entertainment venue and the gift shop seemed a little too obvious.

From a previous visit, I seem to remember a statue of St Francis outside with a depiction of his "Sermon to the Birds" and actual birds were magically all around it. I didn't see that this time. I think something had been changed or moved.

For a more spiritual, warmer environment, I recommend the Loretto Chapel also downtown Santa Fe. However I cannot say enough about Sancturario De Chimayo in the mountains north of Santa Fe. The Spanish, Native American, healing, spirituality of the place is well worth the drive.
Written November 8, 2021
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zombienic
Minnesota1,996 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
This chuch is a beautiful building, the doors in the front are insane! Then you go inside and get wowed even more. There were volunteers inside making sure everybody was masked you are allowed to take pictures which was nice. We walked around outside as well. My husband and I both did the Labyrinth, I wonder if people thought we were crazy walking in circles haha! It was pretty fun and gets you a bunch of steps for the day! The only thing I didn't like was in the gift shop they had things for sale like hand sanitizer with religious figures on the labels. Trying to profit off of a pandemic seems very un-religious to me. Anything to make money I guess!
Written April 1, 2021
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had been trying to tour the Cathedral for the past several days. They were doing repairs to the large hanging lights in the sanctuary so all we could do is look through the doors. I really wanted to tour the Cathedral. So I cajoled my wife into dropping by after breakfast. They were all done with their lighting repairs and all was put back in place so that people could tour the building. And it’s a magnificent building. Just think, the Cathedral was built over 150 years ago. It is magnificent. And so un-Santa Fe. To think of it, the architecture is classically other places. It sits out in some ways like a sore thumb compared to the pueblo-type architecture of Santa Fe. But it’s beautiful and is a magnificent addition to Santa Fe.

The interior is so full of meaning and religious artifacts that it takes a while to understand it all. We've been to the Cathedral a number of times and never tire of it.
Written February 24, 2020
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Elfma
Greenwich, CT708 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Beautiful French Romanesque Cathedral surrounded by fountains and gardens. A short walk from Santa Fe Plaza, ending your busy day in Santa Fe here is an excellent choice. East-facing, the glow of the sun setting against the building is a memorable sight. There were no concerts scheduled during our stay, but check out the website to see if you can attend one. Amazing acoustics. AD access is challenging here, as is the case in downtown Santa Fe generally.
Written September 15, 2022
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David Mendoza
El Paso, TX6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This place is very spiritual. Has a great energy and loves going to mass here. The outside features beautiful gardens and a very nice park. Even if you are not very religious you will enjoy the art and architecture of this beautiful gothic 19th century basilica.
Written September 20, 2020
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wicomet
Madison, WI278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This free attraction in downtown Santa Fe is well worth a visit. The grounds are immaculate, and the provide a wonderful experience. There are moving statues of the Twelve Stages of the Cross, Catholic Pueblo images, and of course, St. Francis. There are two sanctuaries inside. The larger one is the main draw with its beautiful Spanish colonial inspired artwork. The smaller is a working sanctuary. If you are religious, there is a daily mass offered here.
Written July 5, 2021
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