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San Miguel

By mlseawell    
Today we made our way to Sante Fe on a beautiful autumn day. We didn't know what to expect but what we found was a delight! What a beautiful city, full of art and vendors selling their works. First stop was the Governer's place where native American's sold some truly touching art followed by a rush of galleries and eateries. With the autumn foliage in full bloom and the stacks of red peppers hanging is some many places..overwhelming to say the least.
But this moment was special. The San Miguel church in Sante Fe is THE oldest church structure built in the United States dating back to 1598. Directly from the San Miguel site " Oral history holds that San Miguel Chapel was built around 1610, and it has been rebuilt and restored several times over the past 400 years. The original church, the “Hermita de San Miguel,” was built on the site of an ancient kiva of the Analco Indians. It is believed that it was constructed by Tlaxcalan (Tas-cal’-en) Indians, who came to New Mexico from old Mexico in 1598 with a Spanish contingent led by Don Juan Oñate. In its early years, the church served a small group of Tlaxcalan Indians, laborers, and Spanish soldiers who lived in this area on the south side of the Santa Fe River." Staggering history and a staggering thing to behold.

Tags: City Church Architecture Black and white Sante fe

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