St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico

St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico 

The St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral was founded in 1610 and established in 1853. The Cathedral was elevated to basilica in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI, meaning the church has significant importance in Rome and abroad. These churches are honored by the Holy Father because of their importance in spreading Catholicism.
The church was originally built in 1630 out of adobe but was replaced by a bigger one that was destroyed in the Pueblo Indian Revolt in 1680. It was not rebuilt until 1714, and it was then that it was named in honor of the Patron Saint of Santa Fe, Saint Francis of Assisi.
Only one part of the church still exists, and that is the small adobe chapel dedicated to Our Lady La Conquistadora. This statue is the oldest representation of the Virgin Mary in the United States today. It was brought from Spain in 1625. Seven archbishops are buried in the stained glass sanctuary. In 1869 construction of the new church began and was built around the old adobe church.
The Cathedral is located at 131 Cathedral Place in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visitors are welcomed to see the parish at any time.