Come on in...what would a travelogue of the SW be without that requisite blue door? By the way, the ability to enlarge photos here by clicking on them, has been restored to the original configuration - no black photo strip with smaller photos any longer. Click away, and click again - they will enlarge enough to not need magnifiers now!
Situated at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe was founded between 1607 and 1610, making it the second oldest city as well as the highest (in elevation) and oldest capital in the U.S. Today, its unique offerings of art, culture and ancient traditions make it a world-class tourist destination, drawing more than 1 million visitors each year.
The city's full name when founded was "La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís" ("The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi") – the shortened "Santa Fe" literally translates into “holy faith” in Spanish.The City of Santa Fe was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with founding dates between 1050 to 1150.
The Santa Fe Plaza is a National Historic Landmark. The city-square was originally, and is still to this day, the center gathering place in town - "the heart of Santa Fe." The landmark has since grown into a playground for many tourists interested in Spanish, Native American, and Mexican cultures, including music, design, jewelry, art and dance, and a grand place to rest your feet and soak it all in...
Since its establishment, the Museum at The Palace of the Governors has worked to protect, preserve and promote traditional Southwest Native American arts and crafts. Museum policy reserves the portal of the Palace of the Governors for the use of authorized participants in the Native American Vendors Program to display and sell wares they have made.
If you travel to Santa Fe, plan on a few days, at least...it's awful hard to take in all the splendor and charm this town has to offer in just one day. Look up...look down - you never know where you'll find an interesting tidbit of history.