on July 16, 2000
Somebody had to keep all the rowdy frontier folks from getting too far out of hand, so the pope sent one Bishop Lamy and a bunch of nuns from Kentucky to keep an eye on Santa Fe. The Bishop laid the cornerstone for St. Francis in 1869. The interior of the Romanesque cathedral reflects the pastel colors of New Mexico. The pews are made of blonde wood, and the walls and columns are painted a dusky pink with pale green trimmings. There's a side chapel with a 1625 statue of La Conquistadora (the telling selection for Santa Fe's matron.) Very peaceful spot, and you may need the rest after a day of exploring downtown.
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