Saturday, December 26, 2009

Inside the Cathedral

The interior of St. Francis Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe is an architectural and artistic wonder.

When we were there on Dec. 22, the mood was festive inside the cathedral - tourists looking around, workers putting final touches on the Christmas decorations, children practicing for their Christmas performance at Mass.

The new renovations/restorations as well as the Christmas decorations looked amazing.

When we returned for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the mood was much more formal, worshipful and joyous.

We wondered about the Chihuahua in the nativity scene - sure there is an interesting story behind that!


WasSoggyInSeattle said...

Fantastic photos... I have never been inside - every time we go there is a wedding or other function that has it closed off. But I've peaked in the windows. Beautiful.

Kelly said...

Wow! It is so fun to see these photos of the Basilica! The last time I saw it was in 1998 and it seems brighter now. Thank you for posting!

Kris, in New England said...

I"m a little late to this but wow - what a gorgeous church. It would be hard not to be reverent in a place like that.