Welcome to the Church of San Juan Nepomuceno

Welcome to the Church of San Juan Nepomuceno (HM185S)

Location: El Rito, NM 87530 Rio Arriba County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 20.658', W 106° 11.304'

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This historical church was begun by the first Spanish settlers of the El Rito Valley in 1827 and completed in 1832. Originally flat roofed and with small window openings in the 5 ft. think walls, it not only served as an imposing temple, but also as a defensive fortification in this frontier area of New Mexico. The influence of french priests changed some of the interior decoration, but the church has retained much of its original look through its 150 years. Major structural collapse in 1979 prompted a decision to restore the structure because of its historical importance as the cradle of Catholicism throughout Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The reconstruction, completed in 1982, attempted to restore much of the original colonial Hispanic artwork and spirituality. It has been termed by noted historians and architects as one of the most beautiful examples of historical New Mexican churches.
HM NumberHM185S
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 10:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 393357 N 4022792
Decimal Degrees36.34430000, -106.18840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 20.658', W 106° 11.304'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 20' 39.48" N, 106° 11' 18.24" W
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Area Code(s)505
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 Co Rd 280, El Rito NM 87530, US
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