Architecture: New Mexico

San Filipe de Neri, Albuquerque

San Felipe de Neri Entry

Front Fascade The arched platformed entry and door along with buttressed adobe columns that echo the steeple cross present an inviting gateway into the sancturary.

For more than 300 years, San Felipe de Neri Parish has been the spiritual heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico. That heart is still beating strong, offering liturgical, pastoral, and educational services to parishioners and visitors.

Interior Right: Elevated Ambo

Interior Right: Elevated Ambo

The present church building, constructed in 1793, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our community worships in this "Crown Jewel" of New Mexico each day and invites visitors to join us, especially in the celebration of the Mass. 1

Entrance lamp with cross on sunlit adobe wall

Entrance lamp with cross on sunlit adobe wall

San Felipe de Neri Church is a historic Catholic church located on the north side of Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Built in 1793, it is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Originally, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdez named the church San Francisco Xavier, after the Viceroy of New Spain. Shortly afterward, The Duke of Albuquerque changed the name to San Felipe, after the King Philip of Spain.

Front and Right Fascade Panorama

Front and Right Fascade Panorama

San Felipe de Neri was established in 1706 under the direction of Fray Manuel Moreno and initially stood to the northwest of the Plaza. The original building was completed in 1719. The original church building collapsed in 1792 after a heavy rain and was replaced by the current structure the following year. The towers were added in 1861, a parish school was constructed in 1878, and a convent for the Sisters of Charity was built on the west side of the church in 1881. Today the church complex is undergoing extensive renovations inside and out. 2

Arched Portico and Garden

Arched Portico and Garden

Sanctuary Interior

Sanctuary Interior

Front Facade: Street Viewi

Front Facade: Street View

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

Inner Courtyard

Inner Courtyard

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Arch over rear entrance

Arch over rear entrance

San Felipe de Neri

Caption

Steeple from inner rear courtyard

Steeple from inner rear courtyard

Left Convent Entrance

Left Convent Entrance

Inner Courtyad Entrance

Inner Courtyad Entrance

Steeple

Steeple

Steeple from Inner Courtyard

Steeple from Inner Courtyard

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