Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ABC WEDNESDAY-Z-ZOWIE, THE RANCHOS CHURCH


 Anyone who admires the work of Georgia O'Keeffe knows this church! It is reported to be the most photographed and painted church in the area. I really should have taken a photo of the front as this is the rear of the church...next time!

"The church is fortress-like, with adobe walls four feet thick and enormous buttresses. Light plays off its enormous sculptural form to reflect the change of line, time and space. The church's surface holds the community's history—generations of hands plastering and replastering the adobe walls. For many Taosenos, the church provides a place of worship on Sundays and holidays, for others it provides an anchor in the landscape."


 If you click here, you will learn a great deal about the construction of the church, its history and ties to the community.

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24 comments:

  1. c'est tres beau on dirait un temple d'egypte

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  2. One of the most curious churches I have ever seen...

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  3. This is such a New Mexican icon. Love it.

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  4. My favorite stop in Taos. I love knowing how many famous artists have stood on those grounds before us.

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  5. I forgot to ask. Have you read Mable Dodge Luhan's book The Edge of the Taos Desert? I love that book.

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  6. A most interesting structure! It's big and bulky and asymmetrical but still appealing. It certainly demands to be noticed!

    I went to the link. It is definitely an historical monument to and for the community!

    Nice photos, too!

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  7. I wonder what the inside looks like. Thank you for your very funny comment on my site yesterday.

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  8. 4 feet thick, thats a lot of adobe!

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  9. fascinating building by a fascinating woman
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  10. I was going to say the same thing as Roger...fascinating artist and fascinating church.

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  11. love Georgia O Keefe's art and this building looks as wonderful and larger than life like her art.. Added this to my to-visit spots now! following you now..

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  12. Isn't adobe an amazing building material, and beautiful in the New Mexico light? Nice shot!

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  13. Happy to see the hind side through your lovely photo, Kate. Indeed, a very special "anchor in the landscape."

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  14. My first thought upon seeing your wonderful image of the Ranchos Church was of Georgia O'Keeffe! Yes it is well photographed, but I never tire of the views! Nice link for those not familiar and us who are. Thanks!

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  15. I had a Pavlovian reaction when I saw this photo. Immediately: Georgia O'Keefe.

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  16. Beautiful images Kate and I love Georgia O'Keefe's work. And that is the rear! Gosh. look forward to seeing a photo from the front. Great to see this image here on your blog.

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  17. Very impressive architecture. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  18. That top shot is O'keefe for sure! I do love that church, too. It is sooooo photographic!

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  19. This is AMAZING! As a great fan of adobe architecture I'm glad you posted this building, Kate.

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  20. A great finishing post for this round and the letter Z;
    http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/z-is-for-zinke/

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