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USA: Ruins of a Spanish Mission in New Mexico – A Photo Essay

November 3, 2009

In 1977, while staying with my dear friend and cousin in Albuquerque, I took a day trip to visit the ruins of a Spanish mission in the high desert.  What set this place apart from the usual archeological attraction was how the builders constructed their mission in harmony with the landscape, rather than attempting to install a European-style church complex in the wilderness as the Spanish were prone to do elsewhere.  I like to think that the priests here were well attuned to their purpose, and perhaps they understood the complexities of their new environment better than their contemporaries in Old Mexico.

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1) Winter cactus in bloom

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2) The church?

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3) looking inside the ruins

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4) Overview of the mission grounds and territory

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5) Red cliffs near the mission

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