The social and historical background of New Mexico has been largely influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. As a result, cities, towns and villages have churches of various sizes and architecture. To give you a sample, the collage reads clockwise from the top left: interior of the small church in Abiqui; the exterior of the church in Santa Cruz, probably built in 1733 or not long after, is the biggest and has been considered the best mission church in New Mexico; the church in Old Town, Albuquerque; and finally, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi in downtown Santa Fe. There are many, many more!
(We arrived home in St. Paul, Mn today, but will continue to post on this blog 'til I exhaust all my photos. Come visit me here, too!)