This wooden ornament is handcrafted in Bosque Farms, New Mexico, by local artist Carolyn Johnson. She has modeled 65 different churches into little wooden ornaments, including Santuario de Chimayo, San Miguel Chapel, and the famed Loretto Chapel. Each ornament is 2.5" wide and 2" high and is extremely detailed to show the unique details of the church. Every ornament includes a description of the Chapel and the artist's signature.
In 1610, La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asis (now known as Santa Fe), was founded, and a church was built in the central district. Although destroyed by the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the church was rebuilt and named St. Francis in honor of the Patron Saint of Santa Fe. The current Basilica was built around the old church in the 1870’s by Santa Fe’s first Bishop, Father John Baptiste Lamy of France. It houses Our Lady La Conquistadora, a statue brought from Spain that is the oldest representation of the Virgin Mary in the United States. The Basilica features round arches, huge colums, and a beautiful rose window. The Saint Francis Cathedral was offically elevated to a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on October 4, 2005. It is still in use today.