The historic and beautiful San Felipe de Neri Church is one of Albuquerque’s oldest surviving buildings and has been used for a little over 200 years. It stands as proof that, despite the city’s changing face over time- both natural disasters like earthquakes and fires which destroyed many homes in 1812; battles between Native Americans who occupied this land before Spanish settlers arrived here adding to their cultural misdemeanors against humanity by forcibly converting indigenous people from Catholicism without consent – there have always remained some things worth believing in: love stronger than death itself (represented by its bell tower), hope springing eternal even if it seems lost at times due to darkness overwhelming.
The San Felipe de Neri Church replaced an older church that dates back to 1706, which collapsed in the winter of 1892-1893. From its founding until now, it had been run by Franciscan missionaries; however, after a few years without a replacement, they handed over management chores for this important site of worshiping traditionally, at least one person per year can remember when not only did there exist another building but also what happened during those times where even though many people believed otherwise.
The church, which has been around since 1835 and is located in the heart of Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque area, made an appearance with its remodeled exterior to give it a more European appeal. The result? A stunning architectural mix that makes this building historically significant as well aesthetically pleasing. The influence of the Gothic Revival period can be seen in this church’s architecture, including bells, towers, and a pitched roof. At the same time, these elements are from different time periods or traditions combined together to make an architectural hybrid that has not been used before today.
The Victorian Era wasn’t just about fashion; there were also some major changes happening socially at this point which led many people, including religious leaders, to remodel their churches with more European style features like steep roofs and bell tower decorations, unlike anything else seen back then.
The church at San Felipe de Neri is cruciform in plan with thick adobe walls and wooden vigas, dating back to its original 18th-century construction. Like most colonial churches in New Mexico style; it uses an aisleless (single nave) polygonal apse that has a raised ceiling over the main entranceway as well low choir loft situated above this location where visitors will often find themselves during services singing songs praising God for his bounty upon us all.
Wherever you look in this church, there are hints of the past staring back at you. The outside has an old-world charm with some Victorian additions applied to more traditional adobe forms – it’s like someone took what was already great and made it even better.
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