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San Miguel Church

 
 
San Miguel Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2003
1. San Miguel Church Marker
Inscription. Oldest church structure in U.S.A. The adobe walls and altar were built by Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico under the direction of Franciscan Padres.
ca. 1610
 
Location. 35° 41.014′ N, 105° 56.273′ W. Marker is in Sante Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Click for map. 401 Old Santa Fe Trail between De Vargas and Paseo de Peralta. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lamy Building (a few steps from this marker); The "Oldest" House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother Magdalen and the Sisters of Loretto (1852-1968) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maralyn Budke (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kateri Tekakwitha (approx. 0.2 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. ╝ mile away); La Castrense (approx. ╝ mile away); End of Santa Fe Trail (approx. ╝ mile away).
 
Regarding San Miguel Church. Built under the auspices of Fray Alonso de Benavidez,one of the Franciscan Padres.
 
Also see . . .  San Miguel Church. "The city of Santa Fe was founded in 1610, and El San Miguel (St. Michael's) Mission Church was built between
San Miguel Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2006
2. San Miguel Church and Marker
1610 and and 1628. Foundations of the first church remain observable under the sanctuary of the present structure." (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. San Miguel
While there may be some debate among scholars as to the precise date when the Chapel of San Miguel was built, it is certainly among the oldest existing churches still in use in the New World. Known locally as a mission, it was built to serve the poor in the Santa Fe congregation. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted January 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Native AmericansNotable Buildings
 
San Miguel Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2003
3. San Miguel Church
San Miguel Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2003
4. San Miguel Church
Beam Dated 1710 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2003
5. Beam Dated 1710
Perhaps a replacement from roof burning during Pueblo Uprising in 1680
"San Jose Bell". image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2003
6. "San Jose Bell".
The oldest bell in USA, ca. 1356, was a gift to the church in 1848 An inscription on the bell reads "San Jose - ROGAD - por nosotros 9 De 1356" (St. Joseph, pray for us December 9, 1356).
Inside the San Miguel Church image. Click for full size.
September 17, 2006
7. Inside the San Miguel Church
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By Bill Kirchner, July 23, 2011
8. Welcome To
San Miguel Church
Under the auspices of Fray Alonso de Benavides, OFM, this Church was built by Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico in the early 1600's. The original adobe walls remain under the stucco exterior. The Church's roof was burned and destroyed during the Pueblo Indian rebellion of 1680: After resettling Santa Fe, General Diego de Vargas had a new roof constructed in 1694. Repairs continued until 1710. A three-tiered tower was erected about 1830. In 1887 a single-fašade tower was built and the massive stone buttresses were added for support. In 1955 archaeological investigations were conducted in and around the Church. Restoration of the beautiful altar backdrop was done the same year.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,264 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   8. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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