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Published: October 27th 2012
St. Frances of Assisi Cathedral
Beautiful church with exceptional grounds and statues.
The trail to Santa Fe was a lovely one. Great scenery and we were surprised how short the distance was. Before we knew it we were here.
Such a treat it was to arrive....we noticed right away that it was going to be a superb city.
We stayed right in the historic area and could walk out the door and enjoy the sites. The first day we took a tram tour all around the area. We find this a great thing to do when arriving in a new city. That way you see the sights and know what you want to go back to for further exploration. That's just what we did. We started with a good Santa Fe style meal. They are big on their green AND red chilis. You can order them seperately or both on the side which is called Christmas chili. Once we had our meal we headed over to the Santa Fe Plaza. There is a small park right in the center. We sat and enjoyed some good people watching and the sites of this beautiful historic city.
Santa Fe was being settled by the Spanish at the same time the east coast
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Recently canonized Saint, Kateri Tekakwitha
was being settled by the Europeans. The city is 200 years old and has such a rich historic culture. After a relaxing sit, we sat out to see some sights. We started with the Native Americans that had their blankets laid out along the sidewalk with jewelry to sell. They have to be be from a local tribe to be able to sell here. Their work was beautiful, but was way over priced. Looking was free😊
From there we headed off to Saint Frances of Assisi Cathedral. There is a statue of a Native American Saint woman out front along with other statues. She had just been canonized in the last week. The only Native American woman to have been made a saint. It was so peaceful there and the grounds were beautiful. Once inside we were in awe of all the stained glass windows, art work and the beaty of the church itself. We have also visited the Saint Frances of Assisi Cathedral in the hill town of Assisi, Italy. He is buried there and lived most of his life there. http://cbsfa.org/home0.aspx
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Santa Clarita is now Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Pope Benedict
Santa Fe Architecture
All the buildings in town follow the architecture, it has been the law since 1966.
XVI celebrated the canonization of the 17th-century Iroquois woman Sunday in St. Peter’s Square before a crowd of 80,000. She becomes the first Native American saint. According to the Vatican press office, the pope addressed the “life and example” of seven new saints in his homily. He looked to St. Kateri for the “renewal of the faith in the first nations and in all of North America.” Kateri was born in 1656 in modern-day New York to a Mohawk father and Christian Algonquin mother. Baptised at 20, she faced persecution and fled to Canada where she made a vow of chastity and dedicated her live to prayer, penance, and care for the sick and elderly. She died in 1680 at age 24 and her last words were, “Jesus, I love you.” According to tradition, numerous sick people who participated in her funeral were miraculously healed. The process of canonizing her began in 1884. She was declared venerable by Pius XII in 1943 and beatified by John Paul II in 1980. Her feast day falls on July 14.
From there we walked around the surrounding area of the plaza to enjoy some art and shops. Never have we seen so
What does this symbolize....can you figure it out?
Scissors Paper Rock
much turquoise and silver. Store after store of it. Waaay too much stuff! We spent a couple of hours just walking and enjoying before returning to our hotel for the evening.
We were up early and had a delightful breakfast in our hotel. Then we set out to enjoy more of the city. We visited the Loretto Chapel which is famous for its mysterious staircase. Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers. The chapel is small, but beautiful and was a relaxing visit. http://www.lorettochapel.com/staircase.html
Santa Fe also has the most art we have ever seen in one place. There are 225 art galleries
More street art...art is every where.
on Canyon Road alone. Just amazing. Not sure you could imagine this city without seeing it. Such beautiful sculptures, garden art, water features and more displayed all over this street and the city in general. It would be an honor for any artist to have his or her works displayed in this city.
After exploring and enjoying another day here, we are moving on to Taos and to meet up with our longtime good friends Ann and Bob from Texas. They lived in Seattle for 18 years before returning to Texas 14 years ago and we manage to get together about once a year. More later.
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