Centuries Later, The Ruins Of These Old Spanish Missions Are Still A Sight To See
History lives in New Mexico’s architecture. Home to sites like the oldest continuously inhabited community, the oldest church, and the oldest house, New Mexico is the ideal location for any history buff. Among those historic buildings are the ruins of 17th-century Spanish missions.
Established to aid in both colonization and conversion, New Mexico’s missions were built next to indigenous communities. Some, like the San Agustín de la Isleta mission, are still in use centuries later. Most, however, have been subjected to the ravages of time. Here is a look at the ruins of five missions located in New Mexico.
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When visiting historic sites such as these, remember that what remains of these buildings can never be replaced. So be sure to tread lightly, respect boundaries, and do not remove artifacts from the site.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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