Full of history, legends, and artifacts, New Mexico is a cultural hub that is longing to be explored. From arid desert plains to uninhabited wilderness, the beauty of New Mexico holds traditions untold. The preservation of a time, place, and culture is at an all time high here. Wander about on some historic places and let it whisper tales of the past.
Georgia O’Keffe Musuem
The mother of American Modernism is known for her abstract flower paintings, New York skyscrapers, and especially New Mexico landscapes.
The Museum’s collections are dedicated to Mrs. O’Keffe and over 3,000 of her art works dating from 1901 to 1984.
Where:217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501; $12 $10pp;
The Miraculous Staircase. With no access to the top floor, legend has it that the sister of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph (patron saint of Carpenters.) On the ninth day of prayer a man appeared at the chapel looking for work. The mysterious man completed the staircase months later and disappeared without a trace. Some conclude that it was the patron Saint Joseph himself.
Whomever the carpenter was he built a puzzling design. The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs. The design still baffles architects and there have been several documentaries exploring this mysterious case.
207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501; Mon- Sat. 9- 4:30 pm
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
The City of Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and this accompanying church as well. 20 years later in 1630 it was replaced by a larger one which lasted 50 years until it was destroyed by the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680. In 1850, Santa Fe received its first Bishop, Father John Baptiste Lamy of France. Judging the church as inadequate for the seat of the Archdiocese, Bishop Lamy ordered a new Romanesque church built, and brought French architects and Italian stonemasons to build it.
The Cathedral was elevated to a Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. Basilica means a church of particular importance in Rome and abroad. Churches are honored by the Holy Father because of their importance in the history of spreading Catholicism.
The only part of this church still existing is the small adobe chapel dedicated to Our Lady La Conquistadora. Brought from Spain in 1625, the statue is the oldest representation of the Virgin Mary in the United States. The stained glass windows in the lower bay are from France and depict the twelve apostles. Seven archbishops, including Lamy, are buried in the sanctuary.
Where: 131 Cathedral Pl. Santa Fe, NM 87501