San Jose de Los Jemez Mission Church

Oh Holy Night

Evangeline Chavez 2010

The ruins of Gisewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission Church was  decorated with hundreds of traditional  farolitos , or luminaries  during the Christmas Season.

It includes the stone ruins of a 500 year old Indian village and the San José de los Jemez church dating to 1610. The village of Giusewa was built in the narrow San Diego Canyon by the ancestors of the present-day people of Jemez (walatowa) Pueblo. The name Giusewa refers to the natural springs in the area.

In the 17th century, the Spanish established a Catholic mission at the village. The mission was short-lived, and, in time, the people abandoned the site and moved to the current location of Jemez Pueblo. The massive stonewalls were constructed about the same time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

~ by Evangeline Art Photography on December 15, 2010.

3 Responses to “San Jose de Los Jemez Mission Church”

  1. You need to write a book. This is beautiful and i enjoyed the history behind the picture. Keep up the great work.

  2. Thank you

    It is truly a beautiful site, with the stars as the background

  3. This photo is amazing how it shows the space there – with this small amount of light … it is beautiful.

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