New Mexico – Santa Fe – Basilica of St Francis

Arguably Santa Fe’s most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city’s traditional Pueblo Revival architecture. The elaborate structure was commissioned in 1869 by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy—the founder of the Franciscan order immortalized in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. We were there on Good Friday and could not go inside as the cathedral was preparing for mass.

New Mexico - Santa Fe - Basilica of St Francis

New Mexico – Santa Fe – Basilica of St Francis

 

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