historic churches tour
Our faith is drawn from the earth.
– Picurís tribal member Carl Tsosie
We invite you to explore the historic adobe churches of northern New Mexico. Observe the melding of 500 years of multicultural influences in their distinctive architecture. You will see that these sometimes humble structures are the very heart of the communities they serve.
Please observe visitors’ etiquette throughout your journeys. Photography is generally acceptable outside but never inside. These architectural treasures are houses of worship. Honor their sanctity with the same respect you afford your own spiritual spaces.
The traditions that created these 24 iglesias (churches) can be even better understood by visiting the museums of Taos and Chimayó. You will see artifacts like those that adorn the churches—santos and retablos (images of saints), photography exhibitions with commentary by experts in the fields of art and architecture, and artists’ interpretations of the churches in paint on canvas.
Learn more about each of these historic churches:
Introduction by Liz Cunningham
Arroyo Hondo | Nuestra Señora de los Dolores
Arroyo Seco | Santisima Trinidad
Cerro | Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Chimayó | El Santuário de Chimayó
Costilla | Sagrado Corazón
El Rito | San Juan Nepomuceno
Las Trampas | San José de Gracia de las Trampas
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo | San Juan Bautista
Ojo Caliente | Santa Cruz
Picurís Pueblo | San Lorenzo de Picurís
Pilar | Nuestra Señora de los Dolores
Questa | San Antonio de Padua
Ranchos de Taos | San Francisco de Asís
Rio Lucio | Sagrado Corazón de Jesus
San Cristobal | Saint Christopher
Santa Cruz (near Espanola) | Santa Cruz de la Canada
Talpa | Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos
Taos | Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, Canón
Taos | San Antonio de Padua, La Loma Plaza
Taos | Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Taos Pueblo | San Gerónimo de Taos
Tres Piedras | Concepción Immaculada
Truchas | Nuestra Señora de Rosario
Velarde |Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Special thanks to funding sponsors:
Town of Taos
Taos County Lodgers Tax grant
Chevron, Questa Mine
Hotel La Fonda de Taos
Historic Taos Inn
Museum Association of Taos
New Mexico Department of Tourism
Compiled by Elizabeth J. Cunningham with assistance from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the parish churches of Northern New Mexico, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division, Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, New Mexico State Records Center & Archives, and Taos Historic Museums.