Santa Fe Factoids:
- The name "Santa Fe" means, literally, "Holy Faith" in Spanish
- This city's elevation is 7,000 feet -- 1,500 feet higher than the "Mile High" city of Denver.
- It is the oldest and the highest (in elevation) capitol city in the United States.
- The city of Santa Fe was originally occupied by Pueblo Indians between 1050 to 1150.
- Santa Fe is the oldest city in America - continually inhabited for more than 400 years.
- America's oldest church and oldest house are in Santa Fe.
- The World Health Organization lists Santa Fe in it's Top 10 Clean Air Cities on the Planet!
- While Santa Fe is not part of the current Route 66, it was on the original Pre-1937 Route 66.
By mid-morning we were loaded into the car for a day trip around the old town of Santa Fe.
Our first destination was to satisfy our urgent need to refill our pantry with goodies from Trader Joe's. We haven't been in one in months and we urgently needed a TJ "fix".
|Rail Runner Express|
|Santa Fe Railway Station with a Rail Runner behind.|
|The simple adobe San Miguel Church|
|San Miguel Church is about 8 feet above street level. |
This picture was taken on the front patio area of the church.
I was standing in the church doorway to take this picture.
|Interior of San Miguel Church|
In the front of the church, behind the rail, deep, glass enclosed openings display the original dirt floor.
|San Jose Bell|
Inscription: "San Jose ROGAD por nosotros 9 De 1356
(St Joseph, pray for us December 9, 1356)
|Some pretty scary weather seems to be moving in.|
|Wayne strolling the furkids.|
|We are parked in the Visitors Center parking lot just beyond this nice shady courtyard.|
|The New Mexico Capitol is referred to as the "Roundhouse" for the obvious reason. It's round. |
It also did not make my list of "favorite" state capitols but it is nice.
|New Mexico's House of Representatives meets here.|
|New Mexico Senate Chamber|
|Several pieces of art were on display inside the Capitol. |
This was my favorite.
|Known as St. Francis Cathedral|
|Statue of Archbishop JB Lamy|
1850 - 1888
|Kateri Tekakwitha statue. |
First Indian in North America to be made a Saint.
|The double doors are heavy and beautifully ornate brass. |
I don't have detail about the significance of the panels.
|Jake was friendly and helpful, explaining the important things to see at St Francis Cathedral. |
He relocated to Santa Fe in 2006 having never even visited here. That's brave.
|St Francis is a Pilgrim Church |
The church was elevated to a Minor Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005
|A crypt below the sanctuary serves as the burial place for Archbishop J.B. Lamy and several other church officials.|
|The stained glass came from France.|
|This is a very special piece. It's the Chapel of La Conquistadors (Our Lady of Peace) |
This statue was brought to Santa Fe in 1625 and the chapel was rebuilt in 1714.
|The Church approves honor being given to the relics that with reasonable probability can be considered authentic. |
The artifact above is a relic of St Francis of Assisi, Born 1181 - Died 1226 - Italy - Relic: Bone
|I just thought these glowing candles were pretty enough to be photographed.|
|Two of the Crypts in the Cathedral|
|Looking back from the Sanctuary. |
I waited...they wouldn't move. Yes, they knew I was taking a picture.
Notice the "look" the woman is giving me.
|In Honor of The Original Settlers of Santa Fe Buried Here|
|Loretto Chapel |
Sadly, it's no longer a practicing church.
A $3 admittance fee is charged. Aarrrg.
|The new entry to Loretto Chapel has an unwelcoming "touristy" feel|
|The rear of Loretto Chapel|
|Wayne is standing outside St Francis Cathedral in this picture.|
|Just another art gallery but photo worthy.|
|More retail shops. All seem tastefully done, though.|
|That's the rear of Loretto Chapel on the far left.|
|Peppers drying outside.|
|Art Museum and St Francis Cathedral|
|Downtown Santa Fe intersection|
|Another downtown Santa Fe street with mountains in the background.|
|This road through Santa Fe was part of Route 66 before 1937|
But not now.
|Wood is scarce here. Fences are made with wood from the skinny, small mesquite trees.|
|US Courthouse in Santa Fe|
|Ozzie found a place that needed to be "watered" so he helped out.|
|This monument in front of the Court House honors Kit Carson. Died May 23, 1868 at age 59. |
I'm not a big fan of Kit Carson since I learned how he drove the Indians to their final fate and incarceration.