If you want the pure taste of the southwest, Santa Fe could be the right destination for you. The fact that the city's reputation far exceeds its size proves the attractiveness of visitors. In fact, the population of a city of less than 73 000 clearly does not guarantee that it has a major airport; Albuquerque is the nearest. Santa Fe is one of the smallest capital cities in the country and is only the fourth largest city in New Mexico.
The glory of Santa Fe comes from stylish galleries, world-class dining and diverse shopping. It is also known for its distinctive adobe architecture, a representation of the confluence of Spanish and Native American cultures. Made with a combination of sand, clay, water and fibrous organic substances such as sticks or straw, Adobe is a durable natural building material for this dry, leafless area.
Santa Fe is a high desert city of 7,000 feet on a plateau at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The city is full of remains of nearly 400 years of Spanish and Mexican government.
Santa Fe Plaza, now a grassy park, has been the political and social link of the city since its construction in the early 17th century. During his early days, Spanish officials surrounded it houses and barracks. The Governor's Palace, built shortly after the founding of the Plaza, still stands on the north side and is the oldest continuously occupied building in the US. The palace first served as the seat of the new Spanish colonial government and then as home to the Mexican and later American territorial governors. Over the years, Plaza has been a view of struggles, political rallies, public markets and other functions.
The style planned when planning the city was a radiating lattice of streets from downtown Plaza. While it sounded good in the formulation phase, the end result was a maze of narrow aisles and aisles. Although the result frustrates motorists, the multiplication of galleries, shops and restaurants has made this area a tourist pleasure.
The Plaza is a good place to start your tour of Santa Fe. It is worth mentioning the aforementioned Palace of Governors, just behind the street is the Museum of Fine Arts. Built in 1917, the museum, an excellent example of Pueblo Revival architecture and an adobe-style Santa Fe-style prototype. The collection includes 20,000 pieces created by artists who placed Santa Fe on the map. Several of these famous people include Ansel Adams, Georgia Keeffe and Elias Rivera.
The most visited artistic attraction in Santa Fe is the nearby Georgia Museum of Keeffe, the namesake of New Mexico's most famous painter. Some canvases are world famous, such as Abstraction White and Crimson Weed. The new Revival Museum, just off Johnson Street, is home to the pioneering work of French Jean-Claude Gaugy. Approximately 8,000 square feet of mahogany panels, originally covering the interior of the gymnasium, the glow of Gaugy with vibrant, colorful images, recording the suffering of Christ, the State of Grace, and the Book of Revelation.
We barely scratched the surface of places to see and what to do on holiday in Santa Fe. The recently opened New Mexico History Museum contains 96,000 square feet of interactive exhibition space and has been awarded for its creativity. Several other noteworthy options include the Spanish Colonial Art or Native American Art Museums, the Railyard Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Santa Fe Farmers Market. In the evenings, you can watch a show at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.