The Church in the Life of a City
You don't have to a fan of church architecture to enjoy this magnet, but it helps. If you are a fan, you are sure to find the nuances exhibited in this building to be most appropriate and worthy of appreciation. There are numerous classical elements in play here that are very intriguing and can give this church a new face under different lights like the one found in this picture. This church located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, gives the traveler the right clue that here Catholic religion plays a big role in the people's culture. It is no wonder as Santa Fe was one of the Northern capitals of the Spanish Empire in the Americas.
Santa Fe in Focus
Santa Fe is one of the region's oldest cities as its origins date back as early as the Eleventh century when Pueblo Indians arrived in this territory. Europeans arrived five centuries later. At that time, Juan de Onate founded Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico and ten years later Pedro de Peralta established La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi. Santa Fe became the oldest capital founded by colonizers in United States. After it was one of the Spanish capitals in America, it was the capital of the Northern Mexican territory.
Santa Fe was subjected to struggle between Mexicans and Texans as the both claimed it as their own, However, through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the city and the surrounding territory, became part of United States in 1848. Today, the Native American, the Spanish, the Mexican and the American blend to create the identity of this city in New Mexico. These influences can be appreciated in the music, in the arts, the cuisine, the language. This is a great travel souvenir to add to your collection of fridge magnets.