Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Santa Fe's grandest spiritual landmark

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The European style of this grand cathedral stands starkly against Santa Fe’s otherwise low-lying adobe buildings. Built between 1869 and 1886, the Romanesque church is the third to sit on this site. Designed by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, a controversial and visionary Frenchman who inspired Willa Cather’s seminal novel Death Comes for the Archbishop, the cathedral features round arches, Corinthian columns, square towers, and a rose window. A chapel on the north side of the cathedral was kept from the second mission, La Parroquia. The small chapel is home to La Conquistadora, the oldest figure of the Madonna in the U.S. The figure arrived in the new world in early 1600s, was rescued before it could be destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, and was restored to the chapel in 1693.

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131 Cathedral Pl.
Santa Fe 87501
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