San Miguel Mission
|San Miguel Mission|
The front exterior to the Chapel of San Miguel.
|Location||Santa Fe, New Mexico
|Architectural type||Adobe construction in the Romanesque fortress church style, with heavily buttressed walls and battlements on the flat roof.|
|Completed||1610 to 1625|
|U.S. National Historic Landmark|
|Added to NRHP||November 24, 1968|
|NRHP Reference no.||68000032|
|Designated as NHL||November 24, 1968|
San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is claimed to be the oldest church in the United States. The church was damaged during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 but was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest and served for a time as a chapel for the Spanish soldiers. The wooden reredos, which includes a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709, was added in 1798. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions.
Sunday mass is still held at the chapel.
San Miguel Mission, altar & interior, 1934. Historic American Buildings Survey photo
Original thick-walled church bell within San Miguel Mission at Santa Fe, New Mexico with the inscription "San Jose Rogad Por Nosotros Agosto 9 de 1356/1856" in English, the bell reads "St. Joseph Pray for us August 9th, 1356/1856". It is thought that the 8 was changed to a 3 during the late 1800s as a means of luring in tourists.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- "Barrio de Analco Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- Richard Greenwood (August 2, 1975), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Barrio de Analco (pdf), National Park Service and PDF (32 KB)