Monday, April 16, 2001: Santa Fe was an interesting city, quite different from Dallas! We spent a pleasant afternoon wandering among art galleries and historic chapels.
Matthew was thrilled with the tour of the chapel.
This is the "Miraculous Staircase" in Loretto Chapel. It is quite an impressive work of craftsmanship. Originally, it had no railing at all; that was added much later! (You can read the story of the staircase here.)
The staircase itself has no nails -- only wooden pegs.
The Loretto Chapel altar.
"Enchanted" by Joyce Killebrew at the Reflection Gallery
Many of the galleries featured wonderful life-size bronze figures. We inquired at another gallery as to the price of one which featured a group of children playing ring-around-the-rosey, but decided $69,000 was a bit out of our price range.
San Miguel Chapel -- oldest church structure in the US. The original adobe walls and altar were built by Tlaxcala Indians from Mexico under the direction of Franciscan Padres ca. 1610.
The New Mexico State Capitol.
Some of the statues were a bit larger than life-size... compare to the door in the background for scale.