"During the first decads of Spanish colonization in Mexico and South America professional architects and engineers brought building knowledge to the new provinces. Such was not the case in 17th century New Mexico. No secular building experts entered this area among the colonists. The friars were left to their own devices. They relied upon their memories of the fine churches in Europe and Mexico and translated those memories to the soil of New Mexico.
"The mission church took on a new form influenced by the local materials available, laborers who were untrained in massive construction, and the friar's personal knowledge of architectural principals.
"The churches not only served as houses of worship, but were built with defensive measures in mind.
"The church door is 11 feet wide. This seems to have been a unit of measure-ment [sic], for the nave is about 33 feet in width and 110 feet in length."
Copyright 2017 -
David Barrett -