Photographer's Note

The Chapel of La Conquistadora is among the oldest survivng structures in Santa Fe, built in 1714 as part of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a church just near the main plaza of the city. It is named for a small statue of the Virgin Mary believed to be the oldest existing representation of Mary in the United States, brought by Spanish settlers in 1625.

The chapel itself is a small adobe room to the back left of the cathedral, and in Catholic fashion, there are always candles burning below the altar. The candles at the Basilica were in these small and delicate tin cups with Christian crosses carved out of them, glowing red in a somewhat dark chapel.

Views of the Cathedral itself and its interior can be found in WS.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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