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Jémez History

By Linda Tancs

Some of the most impressive ruins in the Southwest are outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  At the Jémez State Monument Heritage Area, a large pueblo in the narrow San  Diego Canyon built by the ancestors of the present-day Jémez enchants visitors.  The seven-acre site includes the ruins of San José de los Jémez, a large stone church built by missionaries in the 17th century, featuring an unusual octagonal bell tower and frescoes unearthed in the 1920s.  Sunday admission is free for all New Mexico residents; senior citizens also enter free on Wednesdays.


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