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Top 10 Must-See Historic Places in Santa Fe

Explore these top 10 must-see historic places in Santa Fe to discover an enchanting and storied past. In Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, history is alive and thriving. The city’s rich cultural heritage and unique architecture create a captivating backdrop for history enthusiasts and wanderers alike.

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#1 Santa Fe Plaza

Located in the heart of downtown is the picturesque Santa Fe Plaza. Established in 1610, this is the oldest public square in the United States. Surrounded by historic buildings, the Plaza has witnessed significant historical events and remains a vibrant gathering place. Explore the shops and galleries, choose from various restaurants, and enjoy the spirited atmosphere.

#2 Palace Of The Governors

Located on the northern side of the Plaza, the Palace of the Governors is an iconic adobe building. Built in the early 17th century, it served as the seat of government for Spanish, Mexican, and American governors. Today, it houses the New Mexico History Museum and showcases exhibits that reflect the region’s history.

#3 Loretto Chapel

A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, the Loretto Chapel is famous for its miraculous staircase. Built in 1878 by an unknown carpenter, the spiral staircase defies architectural logic as it has no visible means of support. This enchanting chapel, now a museum, continues to inspire visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty.

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#4 San Miguel Mission

Considered the oldest church in the United States, the San Miguel Mission is a testament to the enduring faith of Santa Fe’s early settlers. Built around 1610, the adobe mission showcases a blend of Pueblo and Spanish architectural styles. Step inside to marvel at its rustic beauty and serene ambiance.

#5 New Mexico Museum Of Art

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a cultural treasure that features New Mexico’s artistic heritage. You’ll discover more than 20,000 works of American and European art, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, as well as works by iconic artists like Georgia O’Keeffe.

Moreover, the museum is one of the best examples of Pueblo Revival architecture and the best representation of the combined Native American and Spanish colonial design styles. The museum’s architecture has become known as “Santa Fe Style.” Plan your visit, and immerse yourself in the beauty and cultural significance of New Mexican art.

#6 Canyon Road

Embark on a journey through Santa Fe’s art history on Canyon Road. This historic street, lined with adobe buildings, is home to numerous art galleries, studios, and shops. Immerse yourself in the enthralling art scene as you explore traditional and contemporary artworks on a street dedicated to the finest art in the nation.

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#7 The Cathedral Basilica Of St. Francis Of Assisi

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is an impressive symbol of Santa Fe’s religious heritage. Built in the late 19th century, it reflects stunning French-Romanesque architecture and features beautiful stained-glass windows. Attend a mass or simply enjoy a moment of tranquility within its sacred walls.

#8 El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

Travel back in time to El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum that vividly portrays life in early New Mexico. Explore the meticulously restored buildings, experience interactive demonstrations, and engage with costumed interpreters who bring the past to life. This immersive experience offers a glimpse into the region’s rural heritage and cultural traditions. The museum is closed from November through March. It is open for private tours from April through May. Open to the public from June through October.

#9 Wheelwright Museum Of The American Indian

The Wheelwright Museum is a must-visit for those interested in Native American history. It is dedicated to showcasing the art and culture of Native Americans and houses an impressive jewelry collection, pottery, textiles, and contemporary artworks.

#10 Inn Of The Turquoise Bear

We’d be remiss not to mention the historic significance of our rambling adobe estate, which was ranked #2 among the best historic accommodations in Santa Fe by Fodor’s! Tripadvisor also listed us as #4 in the U.S. in their 2024 Traveler’s Choice Awards—Best of the Best B&Bs in the U.S.

Once home to poet, translator, and essayist Witter Bynner, renowned for his advocacy for human rights and his “Bynner Bashes,” The Bear now has the privilege to host local and international travelers. Our innkeeping staff aims to rekindle the comfort, creativity, and hospitality of Bynner and capture the spirit of Santa Fe.

Book your overnight stay in one of our unique guest rooms, and get ready to explore these top 10 historic places in Santa Fe. Like us, you will soon fall in love with this enchanting city.

Updated June 2024

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