I meant to do this post a while ago, but life got busier than usual. We visited two more places on our way out of Taos, New Mexico . . . .
A National Historic Landmark, the Spanish Colonial San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church is a beautifully-preserved adobe building located just south of the town of Taos. The Franciscans supervised the construction of the historic church between 1772 and 1816.
Completed in 1816, the Spanish Colonial church has two front-facing bell towers and massive adobe buttresses.
The architecture of the church is a mixture of native and Spanish styles. The buttresses in front of each bell tower support the front.
Side view. The church was closed, so we couldn’t go inside. I’m guessing I wouldn’t have been able to take pictures of the interior anyway.
Ansel Adams photographed the church for his Taos Pueblo art book and Georgia O’Keeffe painted a series of perspectives of the church. O’Keeffe once described it as “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.”
Four “beehive” shaped buttresses support the back of the church. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
Looks like a warm spot to hang out.
A thick adobe wall surrounds the church, cemetery, and forecourt. According to the web site, residents, parish members and visitors gather for two weeks each June to re-mud the exterior of the church with a mixture of mud and straw. (Visible in the photo of the statues above.)
There were galleries nearby, but we were there on a Sunday, so not many were open.
I loved the colors in this place, but it looked closed for good. The sapling growing in the doorway was a clue.
Across the street, a great restaurant/bar called Old Martina’s. We got there around seven, but the place was nearly deserted. A shame, because the food was really good.
I liked the rustic but tasteful decor a lot:
The light fixtures were really cool. I apologize for the grainy photos, but the lighting was pretty dim and I didn’t use flash or tripod, obviously. I’ve lightened these photos considerably.
New Mexico does turquoise so well.
I was really surprised to see sauerbraten on the menu, but decided to give it a try. Delicious. The pastries for dessert looked incredible, but we were stuffed.
The coffee and bar area. Really hope this place stays in business.
Great weekend, everyone!
I like the little fireplace in the restaurant. That style of fireplace is often used in adobe buildings, aren’t they?
Love all the little birds on the building ledge. I don’t blame them one bit for hanging out there.
I loved the fireplaces that seemed to be everywhere in Taos, Jackie. It got chilly while we were there, so the fires were welcome.
Puts you in the mood to get an adobe house. It looks so warm.
The church is lovely. I can imagine that it will look very welcoming inside too.
As much as I love our grand old Gothic churches, they are awe-inspiring and a bit cold.
I love those grand old Gothic churches. 🙂
I love all the colors in the restaurant. And your photos are stunning. I know I keep saying it, but I miss the blue sky. Grey here again.
I know what you mean, TBM. I need blue skies too.
Would love to visit this place- so atmospheric.
Thanks for liking my post too!
It does have a wonderful atmosphere. And you’re welcome!