Also on the High Road to Taos is the Spanish church San Jose de Gracia, opened the same year the Atlantic coast colonies started the War of Independence from Britain, 1776.
De Gracia's adobe walls measure up to six feet in thickness and its height is 34 feet. It has a single nave 100 feet long and 52 feet wide.
One of its and other New Mexico colonial churches unusual features is a "transverse clerestory window" located invisible inside from the nave, it does throw a mysterious sun light on the sanctuary and altar. This is accomplished by a transept roof raised a few feet higher than the nave roof, permitting a low horizontal sun light over the nave roof, lighting the otherwise dark interior of the altar area.
Old paintings adorn the carved interior wood reredos and side walls, and a wooden lattice railing serves as an altar rail. The forecourt of the church is used for a graveyard and is surrounded by a low adobe wall with a handsome gate.
The church has been altered little since the 19th century. It is protected within the National Historical Register.
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Vasa (16612) 2013-11-04 17:00
Many thanks Ray for these two last pictures from New Mexico. My inetrest for earth construction is realy big. I follow this theme also in South America or in Africa. Your Canon is the tool!
jhm (127995) 2013-11-05 4:19
Thank you very much for your interesting notes about these Gracia's adobe walls measure up to six feet in thickness and its height is 34 feet.
Excellent depth and perspective picture.
Also the wood construction as handrail are a nice addition.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-11-05 4:59
Another beauty, I see its similar in design to the little church of the pasture you posted yesterday, but this one looks so much more imposing in its scene. I know your POV certainly helps this, making it look taller, but the crucifies raising into the air give it a sense of spiritual majesty too. The sandstone on blue sky is once again really attractive.
Silvio1953 (105527) 2013-11-05 12:38
Ciao Ray, great POV on fantastic Church, superb sky, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (20792) 2013-11-06 7:40
A great example of adobe architectures. Other places tries to imitate this type of construction, there's a house on the outskirts of Las Vegas made of adobe, but nothing like the original. Good pov making the church even more imposing. Good details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
mcmtanyel (5249) 2013-11-18 13:57
I do not know what it is about them I find so attractive, but I love these adobe buildings. Maybe it is the contrast they make with the deep blue sky. TFS!
kato (9532) 2013-12-03 20:04
You're capturing well this church by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the nave and the entrance gate with the wall. Surelu, it is visible to the church which is strongly subject to the influence of the Spain culture from structure or tone. And, it's also interesting to hear yhat everywhere, it is built by the design which used light effectively. And, it harmonizes well with blue sky.