San Felipe de Neri Church

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San Felipe de Neri Church
San Felipe de Neri Church Albuquerque.jpg
San Felipe de Neri Church
Location Old Town Plaza, NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nearest city Albuquerque
Coordinates 35°5′48″N 106°40′11″W / 35.09667°N 106.66972°W / 35.09667; -106.66972Coordinates: 35°5′48″N 106°40′11″W / 35.09667°N 106.66972°W / 35.09667; -106.66972
Built 1793
NRHP Reference # 69000140
NMSRCP # 39
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 1, 1969
Designated NMSRCP December 21, 1969[1]

San Felipe de Neri Church is a historic Catholic church located on the north side of Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Built in 1793, it is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Originally, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdez named the church San Francisco Xavier, after the Viceroy of New Spain. Shortly afterward, The Duke of Albuquerque changed the name to San Felipe, after the King Philip of Spain.[2] San Felipe de Neri was established in 1706 under the direction of Fray Manuel Moreno and initially stood to the northwest of the Plaza. The original building was completed in 1719. The original church building collapsed in 1792 after a heavy rain and was replaced by the current structure the following year. The towers were added in 1861, a parish school was constructed in 1878, and a convent for the Sisters of Charity was built on the west side of the church in 1881. Today the church complex is undergoing extensive renovations inside and out.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Mexico State and National Registers". New Mexico Historic Preservation Commission. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Historic Preservation Division. "San Felipe de Neri Church Historical Marker". 

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