Taos | Spanish Influence

Our View From Iowa

by Jim and Melanie

The influence of the Spanish on the Native American and Mexican families of the southwest is strong. One can see it in the culture and the architecture. An example is the mission church in Ranchos de Taos a few miles south of Taos, New Mexico. It is called San Francisco de Asis. The sign by the road tells part of the story.


We arrived late morning intending to view the interior. A funeral service was in progress. So, we didn’t tour inside. The exterior is one of the most photographed and painted churches in the Americas.

2014_0929Church_01 Front gate.

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6 thoughts on “Taos | Spanish Influence

  1. I read:
    “It is located a few miles south of Taos Pueblo and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States. It was the subject of several paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, and photographs by Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and Ned Scott. Georgia O’Keeffe described it as, “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.” The Taos Chamber of Commerce states that the building is “one of the most photographed and painted churches in the world”.-Wiki

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    • They have a wide variety of shapes and sizes. This one is such a classic. The doors were on a parish building just across the driveway from the church. Thanks.


  2. Look, I’m almost caught up to October! Love these photos. A part of me is strongly drawn to this sere environment, with the beautiful lines of the pueblo architecture. But the rest of me wants wet feet! 🙂


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