This is an absolutely beautiful adobe mission from 1816 with a beautiful backdrop along a scenic road forming part of the route from Santa Fe to Taos. So – a must stop.
A nice write up about the historical aspect from the outside is here:
Taos Pueblo at Taos, NM
We took an extraordinary tour of this Wold Heritage Site whose origins are over a thousand years old. The buildings on site are though to beconstructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D.
Our tour guide was a young man who lived on the outskirts of the Pueblo. First was an orientation which included respecting the privacy of the people who reside in the Pueblo. Here homes are passed down from generation to generation.
From there we walked through the streets as he explained the construction of the adobe walls, the workings of the outside cooking ovens, and their history. We really felt a heartfelt glimpse into the life and culture of the Pueblo people.
During our tour we crossed a stream that flowed through the village. He said that his family gets their water from the stream, though it would not be good for us to do the same. They have been acclimated to the water.
He also described their ceremonies which are explained in their webiste:
“Feast days were introduced by the Spanish colonization and represent the celebration of the Patron Saints of the Catholic religion... Feast Days also coincide with our traditional Pueblo religion which allows the people of our community to practice both the Catholic and Pueblo Religion. A typical Feast Day is a day of eating, visiting with family, friends and enjoying the traditional dances that are allowed to public spectators. Feast days are an integral part of the Pueblo culture and we enjoy sharing these days with our visitors and friends.
Although our feast days are open to the public, one must be invited to a home to visit and/or share a feast day meal. Please use common courtesy etiquette and do not walk into a home uninvited. Other common courtesies include; after a dance is over please do not applaud for these are not performances. Our dances are part of a ceremony and it is an honor to see these dances. Please while watching the dances do not question community members as to what’s the significance of the dance, remember you are witnessing a ceremony therefore please exercise self control.”
The Pueblo web site:
The National Park Service has better historical information for the Taos Pueblo
The town of Taos is a pleasure and one we would like to see more of it. We were sad to miss the Kit Carson park and Cemetery. In our limited time we chose to go to the Hacienda instead and don't regret that.
To see things to do in the area this looks like a good start:
La Hacienda Del Los Martinez, Taos, NM
Just on the outskirts of Taos, this hacienda is a fantastic look into one of the few late Spanish Colonial period “Great Houses” remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martin (later changed to Martinez). This fortress-like building depicts a home, family life, trade center, and ranching. A special treat was seeing the storage rooms used as the northern terminus of the Camino Real - the trade route connecting Mexico City to the northern extent of the Spanish empire in North America.
The hacienda's website:
To learn more about El Camino Real: