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San José de la Laguna Mission and Convento in 1934
James M. Slack, Photographer, Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Historic American Buildings Survey, Reproduction Number HABS, NM,31-LAGUP,1-1

Constructed between 1699 and 1701, this one story adobe church is a well-preserved example of a Spanish Colonial mission. The interior has a beautiful 18th-century carved wood altar screen with spiral pillars, a hand carved pulpit and sounding board, an adobe altar and a rare early 17th-century painting on buffalo hide of San Josť.The church was rehabilitated in 1932 and today is a functioning parish church.

San Josť de la Laguna Mission and Convento is 40 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, off I-40 in Laguna (Laguna Pueblo). Photography is generally not allowed; call 505-552-6654 for further information.

 

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