New Mexico is known for its Spanish Mission churches and much has been written about the history and the cultures that have shaped the design of these landmarks. The current San Geronimo (St. Jerome) Church was built in 1850 and is one of the youngest buildings in the Pueblo. The cemetery now occupies the land where the original church once stood. That structure was built around 1619 and destroyed twice during Spanish and Indian conflicts.
A visit to the iconic Taos Pueblo is incomplete if you don’t take a picture of the San Geronimo Church and step inside its venerable walls. Photography is not permitted in the building, so if you have to see it in person to fully appreciate its beauty. A look inside reveals the thickness of the adobe walls, the craftsmanship of the wooden beams, and the rich mix of Spanish and Indian cultures embodied in the church’s furnishings and decorations. It is an architectural achievement that continues to serve an active congregation in these days and times.