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- Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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.
This historical church receives plenty of praise from travelers and Santa Fe residents alike, with many suggesting that you visit in the evening when the sun is setting to see it cast a golden glow on the exterior of the structure. Visitors said you should stroll through the inside, take in the beautiful stained glass windows and try to find a docent to help explain some of the history of the church.
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 and holy day celebrations. Mass is typically held Monday through Saturday at 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., and on Sundays at 8 and 10 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m. Entry to the cathedral and the chapel is free, but donations are welcome.
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