The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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Gail Goldman
Hartsdale, NY1,097 contributions
Oct 2021
A building with beautiful architecture. The outside has some interesting statues including one of an Indian woman holding a feather who was the first American Indian saint. The bronze entrance doors have many panels showing the history of the church in Santa Fe. There is a Hebrew inscription at the top of the arch over the entrance of the cathedral designating the name of God so look for that.
Inside there are lovely stained glass windows an a huge baptismal font in the center of the church.
Written April 4, 2022
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Paul M
Kingston, TN112 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The two churches dedicated to St Francis are wonderful. Frescoes, architecture, and the general tranquil feeling are relaxing and awe inspiring. Attended a Sunday morning Mass, also. Wonderful music with many fellow believers left me spiritually refreshed.
But there are two other churches to be seen at the other end of twin; ‘Sta. Clara’s’ and San Rufino. Both are to be experienced in their own ways.
Add to that the spectacular vistas, great food, even better local wines, some good shopping ( buy quality not touristy junk) and hospitable people and you have a HIT!
Bring your walking shoes and prepare for a cardio/leg workout. Flat walking is in very short supply.
Assisi is worth the effort.
Written May 8, 2022
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LisaMNUSA
Minnesota690 contributions
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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ANNIEPG
Pittsburgh556 contributions
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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DDM
10 contributions
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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SuzyQu15
Brooklyn, NY1,443 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful architecture, stained glass and chapels, there is so much to see in this gorgeous church. A peaceful sanctuary, it is nice to take the time to just sit and look around. Apparently the church has an interesting history, being built around an original building dated back to the 1700’s. There is a beautiful chapel housing La Conquistadora, a small wooden statue of the Madonna brought to New Mexico by the Spanish.
Written October 26, 2021
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zombienic
Minnesota1,209 contributions
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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Jean B
Phoenix, AZ3 contributions
Oct 2021
My soul was renewed. This stunning church enables peace as you settle in your pew and take in the beauty all around you. I loved the handbell ensemble, I loved the procession with the crucifix that carried the Santa Fe culture, I loved the Spanish/English Mass. The stations of the cross were fabulous and the 'drawn curtain" made me feel I was given a front row seat to the events of this most important day on earth. Hope they are Holy Ghosts! LOL
Written October 25, 2021
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wicomet
Madison, WI267 contributions
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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Jan W
18 contributions
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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