• Santa Fe Plaza by Mitch Wagner

About Santa Fe

Written by Ysmay.

Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico, and the oldest state capital in the nation. Jamestown, Virginia was a capital starting in 1607, predating Santa Fe by 3 years, but is no longer a capital city. Santa Fe is also one of the oldest cities in the nation, and at 7,000+ feet above sea level, Santa Fe also the highest state capital in the nation.

The city of Santa Fe officially founded by the Spanish in 1610, although early attempts began in 1598. The Spanish originally named Santa Fe La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís, (The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assis. Dating back to the 11th century, the city was the home to a number of Pueblo Indian villages. 

The Pueblo Indians revolted in 1680 and drove the Spanish out of the city. The city was reconqured by Don Diego de Vargas in July of 1692. In his honour many things throughout the city are named "DeVargas" including a mall, and schools.

In downtown Santa Fe you'll find the Plaza, a traditional Spanish feature. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Plaza consists of a central park surrounded by galleries, shops, and restaurants. In the middle of the Plaza is a performing arts stage that hosts concerts throughout the summer. Starting on Black Friday, the Plaza glows with farolitos and decorative lights in the trees. 

Right off the Plaza is the St. Francis Cathedral which is home to the city's Roman Catholic traditions. Part of the Santa Fe Historic District the Romanesque Revival Cathedral was built between 1869 and 1886 out of yellow limestone.

The country's third largest art market, Santa Fe boasts nearly 300 galleries and dealers. Other cultural attractions include the 3rd largest State Museum system in the country, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. 

The climate is semi-arid with mild winters although snow falls several times a year between November and April. Summers are hot, but dry, and come with monsoons. Monsoon season lasts from July to September. Mornings start off clear and warm, and afternoons are taken over by rain and flash flooding. 

A rich blend of Spanish, Native American, Western, and Latin influence, Santa Fe is a city that takes its heritage very seriously. Food and art from all of the cultures blend together into a unique cultural experience.

Population: 67,947

Metro Area: 144,170


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