St. Francis Cathedral
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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If you're an architecture buff, take some time to check out the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Located a block east of the Santa Fe Plaza, this breathtaking Romanesque cathedral stands out among the city's adobe skyline. Constructed in 1869, the cathedral's main purpose was to help bring Catholicism to the Southwest. Sitting next to the cathedral is the small adobe chapel -- all that remains of a previous church that was destroyed during the 1680 Pueblo Rebellion -- which contains the oldest representation of the Madonna in the United States. If you're planning a summer trip to Santa Fe, make sure to stop by the cathedral during June and July's annual Feast of Corpus Christi.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is open daily to the public, but visitors should check the website for a detailed schedule of religious services. Entry to the cathedral and the chapel is free, but donations are welcome.