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“Catholic History in Santa Fe”

Cross of the Martyrs
Ranked #36 of 270 things to do in Santa Fe
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Owner description: A monument dedicated to the Franciscans killed in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt.
Brandon, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Catholic History in Santa Fe”
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 drive up Artist Road, nice spot for in town picnic, some wine and cheese and watch the sunset. On any given evening you might see deer wandering down to enjoy the grass with you.

Visited December 2012
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Hainesville, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
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“Cross of the Martyrs”
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.

Visited June 2013
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Santa Fe
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“Great view and great hike!!!”
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 the history of Santa Fe on all the plaques and the view as you climb up changes. Once you reach the top you see all of Santa Fe and the mountains. It is truly breath taking.
For those that went up during fall, winter or even early spring it’s going to be cold up there and if you climb during the windy season prepare yourself. Walk up to the Cross don’t drive and it is rather easy to find it’s close to the Plaza and it’s on Paseo de Peralta.
Best part it's a free attraction!

Visited April 2013
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Progreso, Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A nice view with some history as well”
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 like views and history, and this short walk has both of these. Don't expect too much, but enjoy the view and learn more about Santa Fe history in a very easy way. Like, when the the US was formed in 1776, Santa Fe had already been a city for 166 years. Quite a pleasant diversion from shopping.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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320 attraction reviews
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“Dilapidated park with a partially panoramic view”
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 Peralta lined with plaques (some missing) giving a pre-political correctness version of the Santa Fe history. At the top is a nice view of the town and surrounding mountains. The park itself is rather depressingly covered in weeds and dust. The iron girder cross is certainly not worth the trip.
If you have 30 minutes to spare and want a walk away from the crowds to survey the city by all means do. There’s a car park somewhere at the back if you can’t handle a short climb.

Visited August 2012
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