Photo of the week: the labyrinth at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe

Labyrinth at St. Francis Basilica, Santa Fe, NM, photo/Louise Roach

Santa Fe photographer, Louise LaRoach shares one of her favorite places with us- the labyrinth in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, just a block from the city’s historic Plaza.  She writes, “It happens to be one of my favorite places in Santa Fe! I visit the labyrinth often to walk and meditate. Very few people realize that it’s there – kind of hiding in plain sight! The labyrinth is a copy of the famous six-petal labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral in France and was created by the church several years ago to honor the French ancestry of Bishop Lamy.”

For those of you not up on Santa Fe history, the Cathedral was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886. This important figure in Santa Fe Territorial history is the title character in Willa Cather’s classic novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop.

For another view of the Cathedral, here’s a previous Photo of the Week of the detail over the front door.

Louise Roach is a Santa Fe based photographer with over 30 years of experience. She creates microstock images and sells them through online stock agencies.. She creates microstock images and them through online stock agencies. All profits from the sale of her microstock photography are invested in microloans to help women entrepreneurs establish a better life for themselves and their families. You can view her work here.


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8 Responses to “Photo of the week: the labyrinth at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe”

  1. Charles Higgins
    July 3, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Love the photo..and the history lesson…


    • Billie Frank
      July 4, 2011 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks, Charles! Living in Santa Fe is a history lesson.

  2. Abby
    July 3, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    So pretty! I love detailed shots. I’ve twice lived in towns where my church was St. Francis… I’m coming to Santa Fe in August. Are you in town? I’d love to meet you!

    • Billie Frank
      July 4, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      Coming to where where? Hope it’s Santa Fe!

  3. Leslie
    July 5, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    This looks like something from the Da Vinci Code!

    • Billie Frank
      July 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

      It does. We have really wonderful, historic churches here. Not as old as you see in Old World countries or some you’d find in Mexico, but one at least, San Miguel Mission is believed to be the oldest on in the US.

  4. Tomas Lipps
    July 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    It would be good to inform us who did the installation. And when it was done.

    thank you,

    • Billie Frank
      July 25, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      I don’t have that information. Try contacting the cathedral. Good luck.

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