Conveniently located for visitors at the Santa Fe Plaza the heart of tourism is the St. Francis Assisi Cathedral.
The Cathedral was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886. The architecture style is Romanesque Revival with round arches separated by Corinthian columns and truncated square towers. The large rose window in front and those of the Twelve Apostles in the lateral nave windows were imported from Clermont-Ferrand in France. Originally the plan was to top the towers with dramatic 160 foot steeples, but due to lack of funds, were never built.
The construction material is yellow limestone blocks quarried nearby.
In 2005 a small round window featuring a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit was created. It is a stained glass replica of the Vatican City's St. Peter Basilica 17th century window, by Bernini.
In 2005 Pope Benedict XVI elevated the church to a basilica - Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.
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COSTANTINO (66210) 2014-04-29 6:59
Hello my dear friend for this shot
it is necessary to see shots of this kind
with a church like this one
I love the simple architectural details
and the clear sun drawins our eyes
towards this cross
Silvio1953 (145703) 2014-04-29 8:40
Ciao Ray, great view of lovely church, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-05-02 7:12
Beautiful architecture but somehow it doesn't fit the Santa Fe style of buildings. Good pov and dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.