Around Santa Fe Plaza, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico and my favorite stop of the cities we visited. There is a main plaza, and around the Santa Fe Plaza there are so many things to do and see within walking distance. Park your car or better yet, pick a hotel in this area and explore what the Santa Fe Plaza has to offer.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Santa Fe Plaza

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is to the east of Santa Fe Plaza and allows visitors to enter for free. There is both English and Spanish mass you may attend as well.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Santa Fe

The church architecture itself looks blended- from the Moorish arches (think Mequita in Cordoba, Spain), the gothic-style doors (ala the Duomo in Florence), with the building particularly on the inside being more Southwest in style.

Santa Fe Plaza Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi doors

There is a great stained glass window on the right when you walk in of Saint Andrea. A great name! (A male’s name in Italian).

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is definitely worth the time to walk through and see all the different things it has to offer.

Santa Fe Plaza church inside

The Museum of International Folk Art is across the street from the church and had enough outdoor pieces to keep me and my camera engaged.

Santa Fe Plaza International Museum of Folk art

As mentioned previously on the blog, I am not a huge art person so snapping photos around the building was perfect for me. If you are an art person the sculptures around the museum will whet your appetite for more art inside.

International Museum of Folk Art Rock Garden

The gate- doesn’t this look like the Mockingjay (Hunger Games)?

Santa Fe Plaza Museum of International Folk Art Mockingjay gate decor

A few blocks from Santa Fe Plaza to the northwest is the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This was a museum I would go back to in a heartbeat. Our day in Santa Fe coincided with a remodel of the museum so we were only able to see the movie about Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and see one room of art, mostly with my favorite flowers paintings she painted. The museum staff was letting everyone in for free to the lack of open exhibit space but no photos allowed!

Giant bunny sculpture near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Would you pay $25,000 for this? I bet my dog would bark at it for hours.

Santa Fe Plaza giant bunny statue

Another Museum right on the Santa Fe Plaza is the New Mexico Historical Museum. We paid our $9 and learned as much as we could about the prehistoric history of this area to the Santa Fe Trail to Route 66 (which crossed New Mexico), and modern times.

Santa Fe Plaza New Mexico Historical Museum

The sides exhibits were not too exciting but the main hall was pretty interesting. The ticket for his museum also lets you in to Palace of the Governors which was originally built in the 1600s and hold great importance in the history of Santa Fe and New Mexico.

Santa Fe Plaza New Mexico History Museum

The middle of the Santa Fe Plaza there are some street vendors selling jewelry, ceramics, food carts, and a band. Good times here!

Santa Fe Plaza ceramics stand

I was more interested in food at this point than seeing much of this historic adobe hotel, the La Fonda.

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I found Plaza Café on Yelp and ended up with a very happy tummy. This was really my first New Mexican meal- a red chile smothered pork burrito. It was divine!

Plaza Cafe Burrito Santa Fe Plaza

Reader Question: Are you into art museums? What has been your favorite art museum anywhere?

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3 Responses

  1. Chaitali says:

    I’d love to see the Georgia O’Keefe museum. Too bad it wasn’t fully open while you were there. I think my favorite museum was the cat museum in Amsterdam. It was an old row house on one of the canals and they exhibited all sorts of random art as long as it had a cat in it. It ranged from an Egyptian mummy of a cat to a Picasso to old movie posters. And of course, there were 2 live cats roaming around as well 🙂

  2. What a fun trip! I’ve never been to New Mexico. Add it to the list!!! Hope to see you at Best of Blogs today.

  3. We spent some time in Santa Fe a few years ago and just loved it. The adobe architecture is so different from other parts of the US. I don’t remember the bunny sculpture – now I’m going to have to go back – lol.

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