St. Francis Cathedral

St. Francis Cathedral

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Santa Fe, NM. The cathedral was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church, La Parroquia (built in 1714–1717). The new cathedral was built around La Parroquia, which was dismantled once the new construction was complete.

St. Francis of Assisi

I love this statue of St. Francis of Assisi, it shows so much joy! Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of Italy, was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit, and without a sense of self-importance.

I love these doors on the cathedral. During the restoration of 1986, new doors were created, each with ten bronze panels that portray events in the history of the church in Santa Fe. Donna Quasthoff was the commissioned sculptor.

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