San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is a church built between 1772 and 1816. It is located on the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, itself a historic district named Ranchos de Taos Plaza, about four miles southwest of the town of Taos, New Mexico.
Construction on the church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers and its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico. It is located a few miles south of Taos Pueblo and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States. It was the subject of four paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, and photographs by Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Georgia O'Keeffe described it as, "one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards." The Taos Chamber of Commerce states that the building is "one of the most photographed and painted churches in the world".
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. It is also designated as a World Heritage church.
Historic photograph of the church's front exterior, 1934.
Historic photograph of the church exterior, 1934.
Historic photograph of the church interior, 1934.
Main altar, repainted 1981.
One of the two altars in the church interior.
See also 
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- ^ a b "San Francisco de Asis Mission Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
- ^ a b Hooker, Van Dorn. Centuries of Hands: An Architectural History of St. Francis of Assisi Church, p15. Sunstone Press (1996), ISBN 0-86534-234-2.
- ^ Ranchos de Taos. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000
- ^ a b Charles C. Eldredge (1993). Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern, p198. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-05581-1.
- ^ 1971.16 | Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
- ^ Georgia O'Keeffe - Learning
- ^ "Pilgrimage to the Mission Churches" (PDF). Taos Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- ^ Charles W. Snell (May 1, 1968) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, National Park Service and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 19
- ^ Giga-Catholic Information
Further reading 
- Spirit and Vision: Images of Ranchos de Taos Church. 1987, Museum of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0-89013-170-8. 80 images of the church, from a 1982 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe.
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