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Religious Walking Tour in Santa Fe (Self Guided), Santa Fe

Santa Fe has many beautiful churches, some of them dating back to the foundation of the city. Take this self-guided tour to discover the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s artifacts, see the oldest church in the country and enjoy collections of Italian Renaissance and Mexican Baroque paintings.
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Religious Walking Tour in Santa Fe Map

Guide Name: Religious Walking Tour in Santa Fe
Guide Location: USA » Santa Fe (See other walking tours in Santa Fe)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • San Miguel Mission
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Holy Faith Episcopal Church
  • Scottish Rite Masonic Temple
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • El Santuario de Guadalupe
San Miguel Mission

1) San Miguel Mission (must see)

San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe. It is claimed to be the oldest church in the United States. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626. The church was damaged during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 but was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest and served for a time as a chapel for the Spanish soldiers. The wooden reredos, which includes a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709, was added in 1798. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions. The church is a contributing property in the Barrio De Analco Historic District, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

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Loretto Chapel

2) Loretto Chapel (must see)

The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe is a former Roman Catholic church that is now used as a museum and wedding chapel. It is known for its unusual helix shaped spiral staircase (the "Miraculous Stair"), that may have been created by French carpenter Francois-Jean "Frenchy" Rochas, although the Sisters of Loretto credit St. Joseph with its constructionIn 1872 Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the Bishop of the Santa Fe Archdiocese, commissioned the building of a convent chapel to be named Our Lady of Light Chapel, which would be in the care of the Sisters of Loretto.

The chapel was designed by French architect Antoine Mouly in the Gothic Revival style, complete with spires, buttresses, and stained glass windows imported from France. Although it was built on a much smaller scale, the chapel bears an obvious resemblance to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. The architect died suddenly and it was only after much of the chapel was constructed that the builders realized it was lacking any type of stairway to the choir loft. Due to the chapel's small size, a standard staircase would have been too large. Historians have also noted that earlier churches of the period had ladders rather than stairs to the choir loft, but the Sisters did not feel comfortable with that prospect because of the long habits that they wore. The Loretto Chapel is now a museum and no longer functions as a church, but weddings may be arranged, including a highlight of the couple being photographed while standing on the spiral staircase. There is an entrance fee for the chapel. It is owned by a private company.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 4:30 pm; Sunday: 10:30 am – 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

3) Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (must see)

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Santa Fe.The cathedral was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church, La Parroquia. The new cathedral was built around La Parroquia, which was dismantled once construction was complete. A small chapel on the north side of the cathedral is all that remains of the old church.

Influenced by the French-born Archbishop Lamy, Saint Francis Cathedral was designed in the Romanesque Revival style. As such, the cathedral features characteristic round arches separated by Corinthian columns and truncated square towers. The large rose window in front and those of the Twelve Apostles in the lateral nave windows were imported from Clermont-Ferrand in France. The towers were originally planned to be topped with dramatic 160-foot steeples, but due to lack of funds these were never built. The cathedral was built from yellow limestone blocks quarried near the present site of Lamy. A 2005 addition to the upper facade of the cathedral is a small, round window featuring the dove of the Holy Spirit. It is a stained glass replica of the translucent alabaster window designed in the 17th Century by Italian Baroque artist Bernini that can be seen in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi was officially elevated to a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on October 4, 2005, becoming the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday; 8:30 am - 5 pm
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Holy Faith Episcopal Church

4) Holy Faith Episcopal Church

Holy Faith Episcopal Church was built in 1881 with design contributions of such artists as Gustave Bauman and John Gaw Meem. With its traditional pipe organ and lovely stained glass windows, it is considered one of the city’s most important attractions.
Scottish Rite Masonic Temple

5) Scottish Rite Masonic Temple

The Scottish Rite Temple, also known as Scottish Rite Cathedral or Santa Fe Lodge of Perfection, was completed in 1911. In 1909 Santa Fe's paper, The Daily New Mexican announced that local architect Isaac H. Rapp had been awarded the commission to design a new Scottish Rite Cathedral. A few months later, in July of the same year, it printed a perspective by Rapp showing a grand Neo-classical styled design for the Temple. Shortly afterwards it was announced that the Los Angeles architectural firm of Hunt and Burns had been employed instead. They produced a Moorish Revival style structure based loosely on one of the gatehouses to the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra in Spain. Hunt and Burns were well known for their designs in the Spanish California Mission style, but decided instead to base their design on a connection between the Spanish building tradition of New Mexico and that of the Moors in southern Spain.

Still somewhat shocking today is the pink colored stucco that the building was, and still is (2009) clad in. That Isaac Rapp did not get the commission was not a huge loss to him as he was to build his design in 1913 as the Las Animas County Court House, in Trinidad, Colorado. Also, that he did not design the building that was ultimately built was apparently missed by some, as he has been erroneously list as the architect of the building. It was used historically as a clubhouse. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
First Presbyterian Church

6) First Presbyterian Church

Founded in 1867, the First Presbyterian Church was the first protestant church in the state. David F. McFarland, the first leader of this church, arrived in Santa Fe to spread the word of God. With a focus on education, a school was built here. The mission went on to open many other schools in the state. Since its foundation, this church has been remodeled several times.
El Santuario de Guadalupe

7) El Santuario de Guadalupe (must see)

El Santuario de Guadalupe, built at the end of the 18th century, is located in the city center. It contains a history and art museum exhibiting Italian Renaissance and Mexican Baroque paintings, as well as artifacts of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

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Create Your Own Walk in Santa Fe

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Museums of Santa Fe Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Santa Fe Art Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Canyon Road Cultural Walk, Santa Fe

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Shopping in Santa Fe

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles