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“Serenity and peace”

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
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Owner description: Buttressed church photograhed by legendary photographer Ansel Adams, and painted by famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the church on a Sunday morning during mass. It’s an amazing piece of architecture with peaceful, contemplative grounds. Sit on one of the benches under the old trees and listen to the birds. It was a divine space to decompress.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

It was a good stop to correlate the church with the works of Georgia O'Keefe. The church is very well maintained and looks nice, Unfortunatel we were not able to review the interior.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

When I saw this church, something in my brain clicked. Deja vu. I'm sure it's from seeing the Ansel Adams photograph or the Georgia O'Keeffe painting of it - but now I know where the church is located. It's a beautiful, peaceful building and was open the day we visited. As other reviewers have stated, no photographs are allowed inside. So you'll just have to go visit it yourself to see the interior. I found the exterior captivating, almost sphinx-like without the head.

Thank Karmalita
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

On previous trips, we have never found the church nor the gift shop open. Earlier today, I looked online and found a wonderful fact that I didn't know. There is a mysterious painting that the staff at the gift store will show you. There is a minimal fee of $3 a person.
This adobe church, constructed of mud and straw sun-dried adobe bricks, is a National Historical Landmark. What is unique to this lovely church are the twin bell towers. This is an active parish and includes other outlying "capillas." For a list of these and Mass schedules, check the website or pick up one of the church bulletins. This lovely church does not host all Saturday masses. The other capillas host Saturday masses as well; however, San Francisco de Asis does host the Sunday services, at 8am, in Spanish, and 10am, in English.
When we arrived, we first went into the gift shop and asked about seeing the painting. They were very kind and said that other visitors were seeing the painting but that it should not be much longer. We went into the church and were amazed at the beautifully adorned interior. Too bad you cannot take pictures of the interior!
The wall behind the altar is an absolutely beautiful "retablo," a larger screen made up of smaller, individual paintings. They are sometimes called by other names but basically they are "altar screens." There are three of these, the other two altar screens are on either side of the altar.
There are rows of wooden pews, from the back of the church, all the way up to the altar. When you turn around and look up, the ceiling has row and row of hand-hewn "vigas" or ceiling beams. It is simply stunning. From this vantage point, you can also see the wooden staircase leading up to the choir loft.
One of the ladies came to the church to find us and asked us if we wanted to see the mysterious painting. We followed her to a small, locked room, in which this large, magnificent painting of Christ standing on the shore of the Sea of Galilee hangs. When you walk from one side of the painting to the other, both the eyes and feet of Christ, follow you. Amazing!
When you enter the small room, the painting hangs on the left wall. It is quite large oil painting, created by Henri Ault, in 1896. It debuted at the 1904 World's Fair, in St. Louis. A new Mexico native saw the painting and brought it to New Mexico.
The painting is stunning; however, when the lights are turned out, and the room is completely dark, does the true "mystery" of the painting appear.
It takes a few minutes; however, the outline of the Christ, seems to glow. As more time passes, more of the figure appears. Then, a cross appears behind the left shoulder of the figure of Christ. Some people see a dove as well.
Some even see the halo above the head of the Christ. Children are said to see the halo more so than adults.
If you are in a hurry, this is not for you. The lady was very patient and talked to us about the painting during our time in the very dark room. We then went to the gift store and purchased a few postcards. They do have a few lovely items, carvings and paintings, etc.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This is a beautiful old adobe church, well preserved. It is a perfect place for photos. Visitors are not allowed inside, though.

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