Take Me To Church

One of my favorite things about New Mexico is its rich and beautiful history.  The state boasts the oldest public building in the US and the oldest continually inhabited settlement in North America.  New Mexico contains several intact Indian ruins – dating all the way back to the 1100’s, a few Spanish mission ruins from the 1600’s, and building after building still standing and still in use dating back to the 1600s and 1700s.  This incredible history is a dream for this budding amateur photographer!

Yesterday, I took my camera along as we drove my in-laws through the Jemez Mountains to Santa Fe.  Along the way are a few beautiful churches – some old and some new – but each one unique.  Here’s what I captured…

Jemez Valley, NM

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This church is located just north of the Jemez Pueblo and is barely visible from the main road.  There is no sign in front of the church and no name on the building itself.  It’s located on a dirt road and a cemetery with graves dating back to the 1800s sits across the road.

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Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, La Cueva, NM

La Cueva, NM sits at almost 8,000 ft. elevation.  It’s a small settlement that serves as the last stop for food and supplies before heading off onto forests roads or onto Fenton Lake.  The Jemez Mountain Baptist Church was founded there in 1989.  It’s not an historical building by any means, but the setting in which it sits is beautiful, and the building fits perfectly among the surrounding ranches and mountains.

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM

I saved the best for last.  Those who visit Santa Fe surely make this one of their priority destinations.  The cathedral was completed in 1886 on the site of an older church that was built in 1717.  An even older church was built on the same site in 1626 but was destroyed in 1680.  Talk about history!

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The Christmas decorations were still up inside, making the sanctuary even more beautiful.

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