Large adobe church with white doors and crosses on towers
Architecture,  History,  New Mexico,  Ten photos

Around the world in ten photos: day six

The church

There is a solidity to this church; it seems rooted in the soil from which it was built. Its thick walls with their jutting buttresses look more like a fortification than a place of worship, and its massive bulk seems completely out of proportion to the small community it was built to serve.

Margaret of From Pyrenees to Pennines and Teresa of My Camera & I have both invited me to join them and other bloggers to post one favourite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then each day, nominate someone new to join in on the same terms. I don’t usually post a single photo on my blog; I like to tell a story. But for this challenge I’ll resist that temptation and instead play a guessing game with you all. So, does anyone know where this church is to be found, and what it is called?

Large adobe church with white doors and crosses on towers

And the answer is, the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. It was built around 1772 and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. It has been a source of inspiration for several artists. Georgia O’Keeffe painted it several times, and Ansel Adams photographed it – brilliantly.

I realise not everyone likes to be nominated for this sort of thing so I’m not nominating any more people. But if anyone else would like to join in the fun, please link back to this post as I’d love to see your photos!

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