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These 10 Breathtaking Missions In New Mexico Are Loaded With History

Everyone’s heard about the Spanish missions in California. But did you know that some of the missions in New Mexico predate those in California by over 100 years?

The missions here are on the sites of pueblos, because the goal of Franciscan friars was to convert Native Americans to Christianity and reduce resistance to the arrival of Europeans. These religious outposts were mostly built in the 16th and 17th centuries throughout New Mexico. Due to the age of the structures, some are now in ruins while others remain well-preserved. Regardless of their condition, the following 10 New Mexican missions are loaded with history.

Have you been to any of these missions? You may also enjoy visiting these beautiful churches in New Mexico.

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.