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

#1 of 86 in Historic Sites in New Mexico
Must see · Church · Tourist Spot
Recognized as a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was founded as a parish the same year as the city was founded, in 1610. The current building featuring Romanesque revival architecture was dedicated in 1887. Note the round arches and Corinthian columns. The rose windows in the front of the church depict the twelve apostles. The best view of the windows is from the chapel where services take place. In the exterior porticos, several statues commemorate saints. The statue of Kateri Tekakwitha pays homage to the first Native American to be beatified. Notice the bronze doors leading back inside the church. The panels on the outside tell the story of the church in Santa Fe history. Put The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and other Santa Fe attractions into our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Don't miss walking the grounds outside, beautiful sculptors abound! The docents inside add to the visit as they share their knowledge. Nice little gift shop also.  more »
  • This place is impressive to say the least. The exterior and interior both are eyeball extravaganzas and photo opportunities abound. The exterior statue garden is also a must see for its powerful...  more »
  • The bells calling the faithful to Saturday evening mass drew us off the Plaza on 8/3/19 to come have a look. We were greeted warmly at the door and took a reverential peek before leaving to stroll the lovely grounds. A feeling of sanctuary pervaded the area. Highly recommend visiting this cathedral while in Santa Fe.
  • Beautiful old church. Very good brochures explaining different religious or historical areas. The park around the cathedral is great and very well maintained.

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