San Felipe de Neri Church#4 in Best Things To Do in Albuquerque
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Sitting on the north edge of Old Town's plaza, the San Felipe de Neri Church, originally founded in 1706, was the first Roman Catholic Church erected in Albuquerque. The structure that stands today was completed in 1793 (one year after the original building collapsed) and has expanded over the centuries to include a rectory, a convent and a school. There is also a museum here that displays religious art and artifacts that once hung on the church's walls.
Recent travelers said that a visit to the San Felipe de Neri Church is a must when visiting the Old Town area, even if you're not religious. Visitors admired its peaceful atmosphere and well-preserved interiors and architecture.
Visitors are welcome to tour the church every day from 8 a.m. to sundown, while the museum is accessible Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The church also holds daily Mass. To learn more about the San Felipe de Neri Church, visit the official website.
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For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood (this is the site of the original city settlement in 1706). Anchored by the central plaza, Old Town's cobblestone streets are filled with brightly colored adobe huts that now house galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops. The stunning San Felipe de Neri Church – Albuquerque's oldest building – can also be found here.
Many visitors recommend spending a few hours wandering around Old Town, likening it to a less crowded (and more affordable) Santa Fe. Along with the interesting shops and restaurants, reviewers also loved the area's clean streets and talented street performers. However, if you're heading to Old Town in search of Southwestern souvenirs, recent shoppers advised watching out for knockoffs.
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