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“Beautiful church to visit”

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
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Owner description: Buttressed church photograhed by legendary photographer Ansel Adams, and painted by famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
Louisiana
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful church to visit”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

San Francisco de Asis is a great stop just outside of Taos, in Rancho de Taos. Take your time and look at the structure. Photo ops abound and then you can relax and enjoy the peace that surrounds it.

Visited August 2013
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New Mexico
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Lovely old church. Dennis Hopper was here.”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

I was told that Hollywood types tried to reserve pews to attend Hopper's mass. The local priest turned them down.

You're asked not to photograph the inside of the church, but you can buy postcards at the nearby gift shop.

Sit a while and enjoy the silence.

Visited August 2013
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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beautiful Church”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

This church is amazing. The angles of it are a Photographer's dream! Make sure you have your camera! Be sure to see the famous painting nearby and also the shop. They have very good artwork there.

Visited July 2013
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80 reviews
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“Historic, informative and peaceful”
Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Simple to find just off the main road through Taos, the San Francisco de Asis church is a stalwart linchpin in Taos history. Go by all means, but visit for the right reasons. This is not an activity meant for entertainment, and this is an active Parrish - meaning this historic church is an active place of worship for the townspeople. Visit the gift shop where you questions can be answered. Buy a candle to light in the church for someone you care for or for an ill or departed friend or family member. Appreciate the history and architecture. Absolutely pay the $3.00 for the opportunity to view the mystery painting in the rectory. By so doing you get to watch a very informative video about the history of the church. After the video, you will be able to view the painting in the light...the mystery is revealed when the lights are turned off. The painting takes on a glow and Christ is seen in silhouette as you would expect; however, something you would not expect appears. I won't spoil the mystery, so take the time to visit this magnificent and historic church.

Visited August 2013
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San Diego, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What An Early Spanish Church Was Like”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Very quaint, very authentic and very real. Early mission-period churches are places that I love to visit, be they the most well-known ones in California, or the small, out of the way places like in Taos. You can feel the souls who have worshipped in these churches, the feelings of the previous visitors, the harmony in the structure itself. In the gift shop we met some locals who were able to tell us about the early church, its history, and the local art that is represented there. It is a church that is small, but alive.

Visited July 2013
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