Monday, August 19, 2013

San Felipe de Neri Church

August 10,  2013
The San Felipe de Neri Church
was founded in 1706.
It is the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, 
which contains the church, the old governor's building,
and a collection of Route 66 type souvenir shops and restaurants
gathered around a central plaza.





 In order for the earliest Spanish settlers to claim the region for Albuquerque,
they had to meet certain requirements.
One of those requirements was to establish a Catholic church.

The original town was built around this religious and political center.



It has continued to be an active Catholic parish with regular services
and a center for Albuquerque culture and activity in Old Town.

























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