Santa Fe is recognized as one of the most intriguing urban environments in the nation, due largely to the city’s preservation of historic buildings and a modern zoning code, passed in 1958, that mandates the city’s distinctive Spanish-Pueblo style of architecture, based on the adobe (mud and straw) and wood construction of the past. Also preserved are the traditions of the city’s rich cultural heritage which helps make Santa Fe one of the country’s most diverse and fascinating places to visit.
Welcome to New Mexico!
We love window shopping and instantly like the colorful displays.
The mexican tradition of painted sculls is something special.
A typical pub entrance. Maybe a nice one, didn’t dare to go inside.
Speaking of courage, sit down on this bench!
Shop owners go a long way to make their window look appealing.
New Mexico Museum of Art.
Buildings are painted in earthy colors. Like!
Reaching the New Mexico Historic Downtown Plaza, where Veteran’s Day celebrations are held today.
The whole park is full with veterans and their cool cars. Also notice the christmas deco on the lamp poles (chillies).
Mural of a horned person.
Hat or glasses? Or both?
The esoteric lamp shop.
Walking up to the The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.
Statue of Kateri Tekakwitha. Kateri Tekakwitha, the ‘Lily of the Mohawks’ was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and a Roman Catholic mother. Kateri (baptized Catherine) Tekakwitha (1656-1680) forms a unique bridge between the Native American community and the Church. She is the first Native American to be proposed for sainthood. Kateri was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1980 and canonized in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. St. Kateri Tekakwitha retained her faith and love for Christ in the face of overwhelming hostility and debilitating illnesses. She was known for her life of virtue and is a powerful role model for converts to the Church, young people striving for chastity, and anyone looking to deepen their own prayer life. She is also a shining example that God’s call to holiness is truly universal and is heard by men and women in all walks of life and all ages. She was also known as a miracle worker. She died when she was only 24 years old. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is the patron of environmentalists and orphans.
Inside Saint Francis Cathedral.
The baptismal font amazingly is a whirlpool.
Vivi with a halo of color.
The stained glass windows are well preserved.
Another artist left their mark on the walls of Santa Fe.