Santa Fe Plaza
The pride of New Mexico’s capital is Santa Fe Plaza, the political, commercial, and social heart of the city. The original plaza, also founded by Peralta, was a fort with a huge wall that enclosed the governor’s palace, barracks, a prison, and a chapel. The wall was later removed to make way for the homes of important Spanish officials. When the famous trade route, the Santa Fe Trail, was opened in 1822, it ended in the plaza.
Today, the Santa Fe Plaza is the site of patriotic and historical gatherings, ringed by the architecture of its early years. Two of the most famous sites are the San Miguel Mission, built about 1640 and one of the oldest churches in the nation, and the original Palace of the Governors, dating back to 1610-12.