Saturday, August 11, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: Santa Fe in New Mexico

The seal of New Mexico

New Mexico. A state southwest of the United States. One of the states comprising the Four Corners which also includes Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Of the four states, we failed to visit Utah.

The capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe, located in the northern part of the state. The city, which literally means Holy Faith, has for its official name La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis.

Its early settlers were the Native Americans but the place was later colonized by Spain and became its provincial seat until 1810. As such, the plaza complex can be seen in the city's lay-out. After changing hands from Mexico to the United States with a war in-between, New Mexico became the 47th state and its capital, Sante Fe. 

It is the only roundhouse capitol building in the U.S.

Exterior of the capitol building.

Kids at play outside the building.

Here's a glimpse of the town center.

Handicrafts and accessories being sold
down the corridor of the Palace of the Governors.

Some of the many art works (in various media) on display and on sale.

Young chaps

Also located in the town center is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis.

St. Francis of Assisi

Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), first Indian of North America to be a Saint.

Inside the Cathedral.

Public art installation in one of the parks in Santa Fe.

For Santa Fe to be a state capital, it is relatively quieter than its neighbor Albuquerque.

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