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ADOBE MISSIONS OF NEW MEXICO

ADOBE MISSIONS OF NEW MEXICO
Various, New Mexico, United States
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BACKGROUND

The adobe churches of New Mexico were built as part of the Franciscan missionary campaign in the New World. They were modest, lacking architectural embellishments like vaulted ceilings, and they were constructed with massive adobe walls. Typically the space of the church was a single long nave, slightly taller than it was wide, without a transept or side chapels. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF formed a partnership with the New Mexico Community Foundation to work at two sites, the church of San Rafael in La Cueva (c. 1862-65) and the church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria in Doña Ana (c. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Many of the oldest continuously occupied communities in the United States are found in New Mexico, and the richly diverse religious architecture of the region constitutes a historic resource of the highest importance. The church of San Rafael represents the aesthetic influence of Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the first Archbishop of Santa Fe. (...)