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Monday, 14 May 2012 00:21

Saint Francis Basilica Entrance Restoration

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Here's a link to the stonemasons who recently restored the cross and entrance stonework on St. Francis Cathedral.

This photograph illustrates how the Cathedral was built around La Parroquia.  I'm looking for the photographer and date, so if anyone can help, please post.  I would estimate the date to be the late 1870s - early 1880s.

Photographer and date unknown.

Friday, 04 May 2012 17:28

La Parroquia

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La Parroquia, the Catholic Parochial church, was built in 1714 - 1717 on the site of an even earlier church that was destroyed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  In 1869, Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy began the construction of Saint Francis Cathedral.  In order to not disrupt services, the Cathedral was built around La Parroquia, which remained in use until construction was completed in 1889.  The old church was then dismantled from the inside and the rubble was used on Santa Fe's streets.  The only remaining part of La Parroquia is the small Chapel of Our Lady, home of La Conquistadora, located on the north side of the Cathedral.

Photo by Nicholas Brown


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