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

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Recognized as a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was founded as a parish the same year as the city was founded, in 1610. The current building featuring Romanesque revival architecture was dedicated in 1887. Note the round arches and Corinthian columns. The rose windows in the front of the church depict the twelve apostles. The best view of the windows is from the chapel where services take place. In the exterior porticos, several statues commemorate saints. The statue of Kateri Tekakwitha pays homage to the first Native American to be beatified. Notice the bronze doors leading back inside the church. The panels on the outside tell the story of the church in Santa Fe history. Put The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and other Santa Fe attractions into our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Beautiful building and great interior. The nave and altar are very beautiful. Well worth a visit while in Santa Fe 
    Beautiful building and great interior. The nave and altar are very beautiful. Well worth a visit while in Santa Fe  more »
  • Enjoyed our visit to The beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Also attended Mass there during our visit. Very welcoming to visitors as the priest asked how many attending were... 
    Enjoyed our visit to The beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Also attended Mass there during our visit. Very welcoming to visitors as the priest asked how many attending were...  more »
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  • So sad to need to mark this a one-star but kind of find it necessary as my wife and I are devout Catholics and yeah we are from Arizona and I know that New Mexico has quite a fear have what's being portrayed as something very deadly out there. But this Cathedral is way way way overboard with the mask situation. Even having Usher's walking up and down the aisle to make sure the nose is covered. Losing all reverence and meaning of the actual Mass. And then they were having a concert afterwards and announce that you had to be vaccinated with the vaccine card to attend. Oh my goodness getting scary these days. The fear that is placed on people especially in a state like this. It's really unfortunate and sad I know I pray that it gets better soon. Especially since the irony is how masks don't really even work. It's just an image that the government wanting to place and it's invading the church space very very very unfortunate.
  • Beautiful so worth the visit. Very historical and religious .Besides the wonderful mystical things inside the Basilica, there is a labyrinth on the beautiful grounds. Lovely gift shop. Informative friendly staff. There is a daily mass at 7 am

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