Old Town Albuquerque – San Felipe de Neri Church

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.  wikipedia

Even knowing a place is very “touristy” sometimes it’s worth going just to say you’ve been;  you might actually see some things that make you happy you went.  We visited Old Town Albuquerque one day strolling through the area taking in the sites and sounds when I saw this church.  I have a thing about old churches so I was very happy to check it out.


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13 Responses to Old Town Albuquerque – San Felipe de Neri Church

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Good old Old Town. I drive by it just about every day on my way home from work, but I haven’t stopped and visited anything in Old Town in years.

  2. These old Spanish style churches are so beautiful. Cheers!

  3. Brett says:

    Lots of good photo opportunities there!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Beautiful, Teri, although I’ve always thought the Keebler Elves to be non-denominational.

  5. Great post and nice photos ! Great to know about places like that one 😀
    I leave you my post about celebration of New Year’s Eve in Madrid

  6. Pit says:

    My wife and I liked the old town, too, and especially the church.

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