Jemez, New Mexico

Our "hike" turned into a stroll around Jemez National Monument. Jemez Monument is the ruins of an old Pueblo, called Giusewa, built in the 1300s, as well as a Spanish mission built in the 16th century. The San José de los Jémez church is considered the second oldest church in New Mexico.

When the Spanish friars came with conquistadors during the 1500s, they built adobe missions throughout the Southwest while attempting to convert Indians to Catholicism. The Native Americans were rarely treated well by the Spanish and were forced to construct the massive mission. The Giusewa Pueblo inhabited by Jemez Indians was part of the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. During the Pueblo Revolt most of the pueblos in New Mexico rose up against the Spanish the same day; 21 of the 40 friars were killed throughout the territory.

Parts of the Jemez National Monument were rebuilt during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Below are several photos from our visit in the Jemez.


San Jose de los Jemez Mission


San Jose de los Jemez Mission


Soda Dam


Soda Dam

Comments

Ethan said…
Absolutely beautiful! Looks like it was a good day to hike! =) Makes me want to visit the mountains again...

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