Tony & Judy's Four Corners Trip Summer 2010 travel blog

Breakfast at IHOP

Santa Fe Plaza

Governors House around the Plaza

New Mexico Museum

New Mexico Museum

Sidewalk Vendors in front of Governors House

Flowers in the Plaza

Loretto Chapel

Front of the Chapel

Alter in the Chapel

Miracle Staircase in the Chapel

Choir Loft (a long way up)

Saint Francis of Assisi Church

American Indian Museum

Sancturary of Gaudalubpe

Front of Church

Shrine to Our Lady

We drove downtown this morning to the very popular Santa Fe Plaza with the obelisk in the center commemorating Santa Fe’s war veterans. Downtown was very busy with people. The Palace of the Governors, one block long, is a single-story adobe building dating back to the early 17th century. It now houses the Museum of New Mexico. Native Americans were lined up selling their hand-made jewelry, spread out on blankets on the sidewalk. The items were of good quality. Another row of vendors were across the street along the Plaza. That’s in addition to all the stores on and off the square selling miscellaneous goods. It was fun to look and buy a few things.

Just off the square was the Loretto Chapel, completed in 1873, but without a stairway to the balcony. Because of the small space, there seemed to be no solution than to use a ladder. The sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the 9th day, a man appeared with a donkey and a toolbox and months later produced the finished, elegant circular staircase. He then disappeared and legend has it that it was St. Joseph himself having come to answer the sisters’ prayers. The stairway has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. No nails were used – only wooden pegs. It is truly beautiful, and anyone who sees it has to believe! Saint Francis Cathedral is another 17th century church near the Plaza where a colorful, carved wooden statue of the Virgin stands in the chapel.

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