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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  • If u are in Santa Fe on a Sunday morning, take some time from your lovely vacation to attend Mass. We are Catholic, however, even if u are not, you will likely walk away with a feeling of gratitude... 
    If u are in Santa Fe on a Sunday morning, take some time from your lovely vacation to attend Mass. We are Catholic, however, even if u are not, you will likely walk away with a feeling of gratitude...  more »
  • Although I have taken quite a distance of religion, still enjoy visiting religious buildings if not for the rich history 
    Although I have taken quite a distance of religion, still enjoy visiting religious buildings if not for the rich history  more »
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  • I'm not a religious person but I do appreciate beautiful architecture. This church was magnificent and had a very charming appeal. I enjoyed walking around and observing all the intricate details of the church as it is still a functioning church. It is very well maintained. Entrance was free and they had people there who talked about the history and could answer your questions if any.
  • St. Francis is a gorgeous Cathedral. For those visiting Santa Fe it is a must visit. The downside is it is bustling with tourists. Thankfully Missy don’t stay long, but the stream of people is continuous. The only semi-quiet place I could find, sit and pray, meditate was the chapel area to the right of the altar where the confessionals are. While there, I recommend walking there grounds, Prayer Garden, and the adjacent park.

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