The Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe, NM is the oldest shrine to our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States. I wrote a little about the history of this place in a Black and White Tuesday post about the Church here and today, as part of Alisa’s Weekly Travel Theme: Statues I have a view of the beautiful statue at the entrance.
The Santuario de Guadalupe was originally built as a church in Santa Fe, NM in 1777 and currently houses the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of the saints), Italian Renaissance paintings, and Mexican baroque paintings. Though it has been renovated several times The Santuario is the oldest, still-standing church that is dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States and Canada. It stands at the end of the famous Camino Real, the main route from Mexico City via Chihuahua to the Southwest.
Unfortunately the interior was closed the day of our visit but we were able to walk around the outside, rest on the stone benches and appreciate the architecture of this beautiful building.