The San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos has inspired artists perhaps more than any other building in the United States. Georgia O’Keeffe painted it four times and Ansel Adams and Paul Strand famously photographed it. Begun around 1772 and finished in 1815, it is built entirely of adobe, mud and straw.
Anna and I went to Taos the other day specifically to get some photos of the church to share with you. Interestingly, it is the back of the structure that is most compelling. No photos are allowed inside, so I’m afraid I can’t share that with you. You’ll need to come for a visit yourselves to experience the stunning art that is housed there.
The church sits on the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, itself an historic district, about four miles southwest of the town of Taos. It was declared a National Historic Landmark and is also designated as a World Heritage Church. Georgia O’Keeffe described it as, “… one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.”
There are interesting shops on the plaza including Two Graces Plaza Gallery and Orr’s Trading Post, that you’ll want to visit.
In the meantime, I offer you, here, San Francisco de Asis Mission Church:
Love to you all,
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