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La Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period 'Great Houses' remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804, this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls was the final terminus for the Camino Real (the royal road), which connected northern New Mexico to Mexico City. Today, the Hacienda's 21 rooms surrounding two courtyards provide a rare glimpse of the rugged frontier life of the early 1800s.
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San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, c. 1772, is one of the best known and most photographed churches in New Mexico. The Spanish Colonial adobe building, which still houses an active parish and is a National Historic Landmark, is in the Ranchos de Taos plaza four miles southwest of Taos.
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The Taos Art Museum is housed in the studio and home that artist Nicolai Fechin built for his family between 1927 and 1933. Fechin, born in Kazan, Russia in 1881, carved and molded the adobe building into a fascinating, harmonic marriage of Russian, Native American, and Spanish symbolism. The Museum is dedicated to the art of early 20th-century Taos.
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Believed to be built on sacred earth with miraculous healing powers, the legendary shrine El Santuario de Chimayo is one of the most visited churches in New Mexico. Each year during Holy Week thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Chimayo to visit the Santuario and take away a bit of the sacred dirt. Chimayo is located 40 miles south of Taos and 24 miles northeast of Santa Fe on Hwy 76, often called the 'High Road to Taos.'
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Taos Pueblo village is the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Approximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time, and more than 1,900 Taos Indians live on Taos Pueblo lands. Visitors are welcome.
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The objects in the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art document the world-encompassing range and variety of this culture, as it spread from Europe to the Americas and onward to the Philippines. Located on a hilltop overlooking Santa Fe, the museum stands adjacent to the popular Museum of New Mexico complex and is within walking distance of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.
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The road to Los Alamos: Though made famous by 1940s top-secret government research and the high-tech Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos has largely left behind its 'Atomic City' reputation and is now a bustling outdoor-oriented community with access to a wide range of recreational activities. Recently, rock climbing has taken a toe-hold in the area.
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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History boasts the largest collection of Spanish colonial artifacts in the United States, and displays here include Don Quixote-style helmets, swords, and horse armor. Wander through an 18th-century house compound with adobe floor and walls, and see gear used by vaqueros, the original cowboys who came to the area in the 16th century.
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San Felipe de Neri, in downtown Albuquerque, was built in 1793 to replace the original 1706 mission church. The adobe church is built in the traditional colonial style with Spanish overtones and mixtures of 18th and 19th century decorative and building elements. The church is still home to an active parish, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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