To break up our trip to Kansas City we spent a day in Santa Fe. The oldest parish and oldest church in the United States is there. We went to the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and the San Miguel Mission. They were both very interesting, but we did not put any pictures in because we put so many church pictures on here from the Germany trip. Sante Fe has a lot of artists and we spent quite a bit of time walking around the downtown area. The first four pictures show you some of the art that was there. The fourth picture shows one of our favorite figures. We see him a lot in the Southwest. We have no idea what he is, but we like him. A 10 inch wall version was $1,200. The one in the picture is about 7 feet – we did not ask how much it costs.
The fifth picture shows the miraculous staircase in the Loretto Chapel. When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel. Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers. The stairway’s carpenter, whoever he was, built a magnificent structure. The design was innovative for the time and some of the design considerations still perplex experts today.
We had dinner at The Shed which is a restaurant that serves local cuisine. The food was excellent and we were very happy with our little corner bench table. If you are ever in Santa Fe, we highly recommend it.