On the trail of Spanish colonial art and artists

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Historic Churches

Church of San Jose de Garcia. Fine example of Spanish colonial architecture from 1760 is notable for its reredos. Sporadic hours; ask at the store across the road to see if the church can be opened. Off State 76 in Las Trampas.

Cristo Rey Catholic Church. The 1940 church is distinguished for its impressive Spanish colonial art, including an 18th-century reredos. At the corner of Canyon Rd. and Cristo Rey St. in Santa Fe; (505) 983-8528.

El Santuario de Chimayo. In addition to its holy dirt (said to have curative powers), this early-19th-century church has a fine reredos. Off State 76 in Chimayo; (505) 351-4889.

San Francisco de Asis Church. An icon of 20th-century art, thanks to Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams, the early-1800s church is filled with Spanish colonial art, some restored by Luis Eligio Tapia. 4 miles south of Taos on State 68 in Rancho de Taos; (505) 758-2754.



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