New Mexico is well-known for its many historic churches. David Gallegos, of Albuquerque, has been hand-carving wooden ornaments in the shape of New Mexico churches for 24 years. Each church is recreated in painstaking detail and includes a description of the church and the artist's signature on the bottom (see images at left).
Seven to choose from:
Church of San Felipe de Neri: Established in 1706 and located in the heart of Albuquerque's Old Town.
Cathedral of St. Francis: Built in 1627 and located near the Santa Fe Plaza.
Loretto Chapel: Built in Santa Fe circa 1878 and known for its Miraculous Staircase - some say built by St. Joseph himself!
San Geronimo de Taos: Built in 1726 and located at the Taos Pueblo.
San Jose de Gracia: Built in 1760 in the mountain village of Trampas and known for its outstanding collection of 18th century religious art.
El Santuario de Chimayo: Built in 1816 and located in the remote village of Chimayo. It is said that the sand from the Santuario has healing powers and this replica ornament actually contains some sand from the Santuario!
San Miguel Mission: Located in Santa Fe on the Old Santa Fe Trail, this church was built in the 1600's and is considered the Oldest Church in the U.S.A.
Note: Ornaments are $15.99 each, except Cathedral of St. Francis and Loretto Chapel are $24.99 each due to extra detail.