“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

La Castrense

† 1760–1859

La Castrense Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2013
1. La Castrense Marker
Inscription.  On this site stood the memorable Chapel of The Lady of Light, often called the “Castrense” which marked the northernmost limit of Mexican Baroque style. Here in Santa Fe flourished the Hispano-American civilization which this Chapel typified during the hard times following Mexico’s political independence from Spain, in 1821 the Chapel fell into disrepair. Finally after the removal of its art objects, it was de-consecrated and the building put to secular use during the administration of New Mexico’s first Archbishop—Jean Baptiste Lamy. Its famed carved stone altar piece may now be seen, in devoted use, at Santa Fe’s Christo Rey Church. Other surviving examples of its art work may be found in the Museum of New Mexico collection.
Location. 35° 41.222′ N, 105° 56.315′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker is on East San Francisco Street at Santa Fe Plaza, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 70 East San Francisco Street, Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. End of Santa Fe Trail (within shouting
La Castrense Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2013
2. La Castrense Marker
Marker can be seen on the inside wall of the covered sidewalk, on the left. Today the building at the site, an arcade of shops, was formerly the J.C. Penney department store.
distance of this marker); U.S.S. Santa Fe CL-60 (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Fe Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Annexation of New Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker); El Palacio Real (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Fe Plaza (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Santa Fe’s First Chapel (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Also see . . .  La Castrense on the Plaza. Article by Gregg Gonzales. “Donaciano Vigil, formerly a secretary and governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1847–1848, was selected to serve on jury duty. Vigil told Judge Baker, in front of the other jury members, that he wanted no part in serving and asked to be excused. He felt that conducting civil matters in a church would be a desecration of a holy place. Judge Baker called an hour and a half recess, and told the jury that their swearing in would be continued
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after the recess. The jurors and others gathered on the Plaza, and soon a petition was circulated. More than 1,000 signatures were gathered demanding the return of La Castrense, to the Catholic faith. Judge Baker, fearing for his life, fled and sought protection from the angry crowd with the American military and officials of the Catholic Church.” (Submitted on April 28, 2013.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 570 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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