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SAN ESTEBAN DEL REY MISSION

SAN ESTEBAN DEL REY MISSION
Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
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BACKGROUND

Built in 1629, San Esteban del Rey Mission at Acoma Pueblo combines traditional materials and building technology with European Renaissance architectural ideals. The mission is distinguished from others by its size and dominant setting on the edge of a 350-foot-high mesa. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2003, WMF received funding from American Express to assist Cornerstones Community Partnerships and the Acoma Historic Preservation Office to preserve the massive roof system of the complex. This restoration included the repair of the 17th-century clerestory window designed to illuminate the altar, which had been blocked in the early 19th century.

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WHY IT MATTERS

The complex is among the first of such missions built in what is now New Mexico. It served as a prototype for many of the 55 New Mexican Spanish missions that were erected in later decades of the 17th century. Many of the original builders are buried within the confines of the church and adjacent convent. (...)