San Francisco de Asis Church
Also known as "Ranchos Church," this sanctuary was built in the late 1700s and was made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams, among many other artists who became fascinated by its looming buttresses. The San Francisco de Asis Church is still an integral part of its community. Surrounding the church are shops, galleries, trading posts, and restaurants - all housed in old adobe buildings as well.
Every spring, the people of the community gather to mud a new layer of adobe on the walls, preserving their church in the time-worn ways of northern New Mexico, with a mixture of mud and straw. The work is called “enjarre”, or re-mud.
Inside the parish office resides “The Shadow of the Cross,” or “the Mystery Painting,” by Henry Ault. A small fee is charged and you will also be shown a short video about the Church.
San Francisco de Asis Church visiting hours are 9:00am - 4:00pm Mon.-Sat.
Sunday Mass Service: 7am Spanish, 9:00am & 11:30am English.
Weekdays: 6:45am Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri.
60 St Francis Plaza, Ranchos de Taos, NM