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“Who will help restore this old church?”
Review of Spanish Church

Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Zuni
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Owner description: Church decorated with elaborate murals depicting traditional Zuni dancers.
Reviewed 30 September 2017

This old church is located right in the heart of the Zuni Pueblo, however it is no longer able to accommodate tours due to water damage inside. Perhaps the historical commission of New Mexico will help support restoration in the near future.

Thank JRenfrew
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Until the 1970's (and for hundreds of years before then) this church was in ruins. It is not a consecrated space and the site belongs to the Pueblo of Zuni. The original church, built in the 1600s by Spanish invaders possibly using forced labor, was in ruins when the Park Service stepped in and rebuilt it. As of this writing, (September 2017), there are new structural issues that may impact access so check with the Zuni Visitors' Center for more info.
Inside there are some interesting murals that reflect one person's concept of the relationship between Catholicism and the Zuni Faith.
For an idea of what the original structure was like before the rebuild check with the Visitors Center about a tour of Hawikuh, the town where the first documented contact between Spanish conquistadors, in this case Coronado's slave Estaban, and Native Americans first took place. Hawikuh is one of the most historic places in America.

1  Thank Cristin C
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Beautiful old Spanish church no longer open to the public. This historic church is in need of both interior and structural renovation work. Hopefully SHPO and the federal government will step up to the challenge and preserve this important piece of history. Undoubtedly, donations and grants for renovation work would be a blessing.

Thank Angele F
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

We have visited this space several times over the last 20 years and the murals inside are spectacular, but the building is having major water and structural issues.

1  Thank LabmeisterII
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

Book a tour to this church at the Zuni Visitor Center. Be prepared for a cold, damp, somewhat crumbling environment which will be worth every minute if you are interested in the murals within. Begun in the 70's by artist Alex Seotewa, the murals depict Zuni ceremonials. They are starting to fall off the walls, and will have to be removed if the church is to be restored. No photography is currently allowed, but some images are available on the web.

1  Thank Chamisasueno
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