Spotlight: Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi

I am in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this week for the Cathedral Ministry Conference, where I am managing a table for Granda and showing off our awesome wares. Santa Fe is smaller, chillier, and more beautiful than I expected.

The full name of this city is “la Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis,” or The Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi, which is totally rad. Fittingly, the seat of the archdiocese is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi.

It is splendid.

According to a docent, the many French archbishops painted over all of the original native/Mission-style artwork on the walls. Luckily, they never touched the colorful vaults in the ceiling, so restorers were able to know exactly which colors to use when renovating the interior. All the patterns (amazing, btw) were then hand-painted with small brushes by parishioners.

This post ends here because there is Mexican food calling my name.

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