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San Francisco de Asis Mission Church

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church
Mission Church of Ranchos de Taos
San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is located in New Mexico
San Francisco de Asis Mission Church
Shown within New Mexico
Basic information
Location The Plaza of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
Geographic coordinates
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Architectural description
Architect(s) Unknown
Architectural style Spanish
Completed 1772
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
NRHP Reference no. 70000416
Designated as NHL April 15, 1970[2]

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is a church built between 1772 and 1816. It is located on the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, itself a historic district named Ranchos de Taos Plaza, about four miles southwest of the town of Taos, New Mexico.


Construction on the church began around 1772[3][4] and was completed in 1815[3] by Franciscan Fathers and its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe, similar to many of the other Spanish missions in New Mexico.[5] It was the center of the fortified Ranchos de Taos Plaza for protection against Comanche attackers.[6]

It is located a few miles south of [5] The Taos Chamber of Commerce states that the building is "one of the most photographed and painted churches in the world".[9]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[1][10] It is also designated as a World Heritage church.[11]


See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Hooker, Van Dorn. Centuries of Hands: An Architectural History of St. Francis of Assisi Church, p15. Sunstone Press (1996), ISBN 0-86534-234-2.
  4. ^ Ranchos de Taos. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000
  5. ^ a b c Charles C. Eldredge (1993). Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern, p198. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-05581-1.
  6. ^
  7. ^ 1971.16 | Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  8. ^ Georgia O'Keeffe - Learning
  9. ^
  10. ^ Charles W. Snell (May 1, 1968) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, National Park Service and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 19
  11. ^

Further reading

  • Spirit and Vision: Images of Ranchos de Taos Church. 1987, Museum of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0-89013-170-8. 80 images of the church, from a 1982 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe.

External links

  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. NM-7, "Mission Church of Ranchos de Taos, Ranchos de Taos, Taos County, NM", 12 photos, 2 color transparencies, 33 measured drawings, 6 data pages, 2 photo caption pages
  • Vintage Ranchos de Taos Photos by Ned Scott
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