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Ranchos de Taos, another interesting neighborhood in Taos County
History and tradition in Ranchos de Taos.
One of the most culturally significant communities in Northern New Mexico is Ranchos de Taos. Located on the main road, a few miles south of the Town of Taos, Ranchos, as it is called by locals, was originally a farming center for the local Indians. The Spanish settled it in 1716. Because of raiding nomadic Indians in the 1700's, Ranchos village was temporarily abandoned as the residents moved to Taos Pueblo for greater security for both the Taos Indians and Spanish settlers alike. By the end of the eighteenth century tranquility was restored and both groups returned to Ranchos de Taos.
The spectacular San Francisco de Asis Church has dominated the Ranchos Plaza since the Franciscan Fathers began construction in 1772. The church was completed in 1815 and it is described as one of the most beautiful buildings left by the early Spanish in the entire United States. Painted by Georgia O'Keefe and photographed by Ansel Adams and many others The Ranchos Church is one of the most photographed buildings in the country.
The interior of the church features huge vigas and intricately carved corbels as well as many European and ... more
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