We visited this church when we were in Santa Fe, New Mexico recently.
Although this church is free to enter, a priest was standing near the front door to answer questions and had a “donation” box next to him.
We were able to walk around the church freely, but local people were there to pray near the front of the church so going through quietly is recommended.
I enjoy looking at the architecture of these old churches as they have so much colorful detail.
“Construction of this Cathedral began in 1869 and continued until 1887. The new Cathedral was built around the former adobe church and, when the new walls were complete, the old church was torn down and removed through the front door.” Â The Cathedral Basilica
I’m not sure why I was surprised to see cameras in the church, but I was.
The church has a large baptismal that I found interesting as the Catholic churches I’ve visited don’t baptize by immersion but by sprinkling water on a person’s head. Â The priest told me that the people who are going to be baptized walk into this baptismal but they are not “immersed” all the way. Â Interesting. Â I wonder why not …
We had stopped inside this church because it was cold and windy outside but we left with an appreciation for the architecture of this building.