Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sightseeing Saturday: Taos

The 6th town we visited last month was Taos, New Mexico.
A great little day trip from where we were in Las Vegas, NM, but also a short trip if you are ever in Santa Fe.
Our specific destination was Taos Pueblo.
The pueblo is about 1000 years old and is the only living Native American Community that is designated a World Heritage Site and a Historic Landmark.  This north side pueblo is said to be one of the most photographed and painted images in North America.
St. Jerome Church was built in 1850 to replace the original church that was destroyed by the US Army in 1847 during the War with Mexico.
The original 1619 church was destroyed during the Spanish Revolt but rebuilt in 1680.  All that remains of it now is the bell steeple.
The Taos Community is known as being one of the most private, secretive and conservative pueblos.  90% of the Taos Indians are Catholic.
Although running water, electricity and indoor plumbing are prohibited in the pueblo, there are about 150 full time residents who make their money by tourist trade, traditional crafts and food concessions.
Their water source is Red Willow Creek which runs through the middle of the compound.
Originally the only way into a pueblo was through a square hole in the roof.  Ladders could easily be pulled up in case of attack.  It wasn't until the 1900's that doors were installed.
The pueblo is one mile north of the modern town of Taos.
We had lunch and wandered around for awhile before heading back to Las Vegas, NM for the night.

On the road again.
Next stop is Durango, Colorado.

Have a super Saturday!
And for those celebrating Labor Day, have a great three-day weekend!

26 comments:

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning Tammy I am really enjoying learning about these cities in Colorado-thanks for the tour and all the photos and history
Happy weekend

Sheila Rumney said...

Thank you for the tour of this gorgeous city. Just love coming along with your adventures.

Diane said...


the things I don't know!! Thank you for the info on Taos. I love the last pic of the door with red, white and blue. There must be some story as to why they have the handprints on the door. Have a good weekend, Tammy. Diane

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

really beautiful!!!!
xxxxx Ale

Everyday Things said...

Hi Tammy, thanks for taking us to another wonderful and interesting place. I am loving this trip and learning new and interesting facts along the way!

Quinn said...

I am so enjoying sharing your roadtrip through an area where I visited and then stayed for 7 years. So long ago, yet the memories are so sharp and clear...must be something in the air?
Have a lovely weekend, Tammy!

Claudia said...

Beautiful photos, Tammy. I've always wanted to visit there - thanks for taking us along!

xo
Claudia

Jennifer said...

I love Taos Pueblo! It's such an interesting place. I think it's amazing that people are still living this way only a short distance from me. The people there are so nice and they have so many intriguing stories to tell. I can spend all day talking to people in a place like that. I'm glad you had a nice visit.

Little Treasures said...

WoW! This is amazing and worth seeing and experiencing! I have a soft spot for historic places and this has been an enchanting post I thoroughly enjoyed!

Dagmar said...

Hi. Tammy, another set of wonderful photos, must make you miss your boy even more when you look back at these wonderful memories.
Xo

kathy b said...

Beautiful!! I wish we'd seen that in Colorado…but we can go BACK!

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

Beautiful photos of the pueblo. When we were through there last time, we hit on a day they Had Corn Dances going on, and no cameras were allowed through the entrance. Loving your trip! Happy Saturday, Tammy - XOXO

Sam I Am...... said...

I didn't know it was a World Heritage site or any of that information. Thanks once again. I learn so much from my blogging friends.

Teresa Kasner said...

I am so enjoying your trip! You're showing me things I haven't gotten to see.. and I live in the West - Oregon USA! Taos is on my Bucket List. Thanks for sharing.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Carola Bartz said...

Isn't Taos Pueblo a most amazing place? I went there a few years ago ann really enjoyed this place. We visited in the dead of winter which had a very different atmosphere. I found the people very nice, we had some good conversations. Deeply interesting.

Amy at love made my home said...

It is an amazing place to see, it must be even more interesting and beautiful in person! xx

Kit said...

Such wonderful history! Looks like a great place to visit. The colors are amazing. :) Kit

Betsy said...

That was a wonderful trip Tammy. I'm so enjoying the places "we're" going. I have never been to Taos either and I'm finding it all very beautiful and interesting.
Blessings,
Betsy

My cozy ✄ little space said...

i have always want to visit mexico..awesome place and pictures...thanks for sharing!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
You and your family did make a lovely tour to the south west!
Great photos and fond memories.
Hugs,
Mariette

PS it was 111 F...

Liz D said...

Wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing.

lizzy

Aritha said...

Thank you. This is very interesting for me!

Pradeepa said...

I love historical places and this seems to be such an awesome place. I enjoyed your trip. Thanks!

Acorn to Oak said...

Sounds like you must have had a tour there because you learned a lot about it. The tour guide never showed up when we were there. We waited and waited but it was so hot that we finally gave up and walked around on our own, took a few pics and left. Interesting place. We loved the town of Taos.

Becca said...

Love your shots here Tammy, the blue sky with the white puffy clouds are such a fabulous background. The watercolor of the pueblo you did is also fantastic!

Dee said...

I love how in a landscape so brown, the people bring in so much beautiful color!

Looks like a great place to visit. We'll have to get out that way next time we are in Arizona --- it wouldn't be too far to drive.

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