Benfield's 2013 Travels travel blog



San Felipe de Neri





Baptismal Font







The Sacred Heart

Gift Shop and Museum Area



Courtyard behind the Church


The Rectory







Orange Canas



We were planning on heading to the Balloon Festival this morning but all indications were that due to high winds all the events for the day were cancelled. It let us sleep in a bit anyway! Then we decided to take a tour of Old Town. We headed over there and did a bit of exploring.

We stopped first at the San Felipe de Neri Church which is the oldest church in Albuquerque. It was built in 1793. We took a look at the church first. Then we wandered over to the Gift Shop and Museum section of this complex. This area used to be the convent. As we wandered through the Museum I took a couple of pictures of some the priests' vestments. I wasn't supposed to take pictures in the museum but I didn't see a sign until the damage was done. The lady in the museum was very understanding about it. Thank goodness!

This church is in the shape of a cross. It is constructed of adobe with walls that are five feet thick. A one-story rectory for the Friars was added on the east side and the westernmost room of the structure was a sacristy.

The church has quite a history which can be found online at

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