A Refined Piece of Architecture
This souvenir from United States almost looks like a scene taken straight out of Europe in the Middle Ages. It is an endearing image that speaks about the aesthetic choices taken by the architects who built this. It shows that in Santa Fe people took influences from all over the world and did care a great deal about observing world culture and making a refined piece of architecture. The calming and almost unassuming lighting is also sure to be a welcomed sight on you mornings around the kitchen as well.
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 after sunset and with the illumination of yellow lights shining up from the forefront.
The Cathedral in Details
When visiting Santa Fe, don't miss the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis Assisi. The cathedral was built on the site of La Parroquia, a modest church dating from the Eighteenth century of which a only a chapel remains today. The new temple follows the Romanesque Revival architectural style which can be recognized by the Corinthian columns and the rounded arches. The cathedral also features lateral windows depicting the twelve Apostles and a replica of the alabaster window of Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
The nave features a Brazilian granite baptismal stone and Santero styled stations of the cross on the walls. The Sanctuary is the cathedral's best kept secret and it features a Crucifix which replicates the one in Assisi Italy. Perhaps some of the cathedral's most outstanding features are located outside. For example, visitors can admire a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, of Saint Kateri, the first Native American to be canonized and of Father John Baptist Lamy, who initiated the construction of the cathedral. Give this travel souvenir to a Catholic friend, he or she will greatly appreciate it.