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  Historic Site

Santa Cruz de la Canada Church

Main altar.
Cristo Crucificado, centerpiece of main altar. Created by Jose Raphael Aragon in mid 19th century.
Capilla de Nuestra Senora del Carmel (Our Lady of Carmel Chapel).
Right nave retablo painted by Jose Rafael Aragon.
Capilla de San Francisco (Chapel of the Penitentes).
View from Choir Loft.

The settlement of Santa Cruz de la Canada was founded in 1695, becoming the second villa established by the Spanish in New Mexico (Santa Fe was the first). The present church was constructed beginning in 1733 and for many years was the largest and most impressive church in New Mexico. Many consider it to be one of the most beautiful and culturally significant churches in the United States. Inside are examples of Spanish colonial art created by famous santeros including Jose Raphael Aragon, the "Laguna Santero", and the "Truchas Master". It also contains one of the earliest Spanish Colonial artworks, the bulto of "Santo Entierro" created by Fray Andres Garcia circa 1767. Also adorning the church are several beautiful paintings and bultos created in Mexico and brought to Santa Cruz de la Canada in the early to mid 19th century.

Santa Cruz Church and Holy Cross Parish have been under the stewardship of the Sons of the Holy Family since 1920. 

Hours Open: For visitors Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Check in at church office.

Time Period Represented: 18th and early to mid 19th centuries.

Seasons Open: Year round.

Visitor Fees: None.

 ADA Accessibility Notes

Accessibility is generally good. Please contact (505) 753-3345 for specific questions.

For More Information, Contact:

Richard Rieckenberg
P.O. Box 1228, Santa Cruz, NM 87567
(505) 753-3345 · fax (505) 753-7401

Jimmy ^-^ wrote on February 10, 2013: I go to church here!:D

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Latitude: 35.991150000
Longitude: -106.048450500
Elevation: 5655 FT (1724 M)
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