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

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 or the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi a block from Santa Fe’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. View her work and check out her blog LaRoach: Microstock Photo Blog Follow her on Twitter,


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4 Responses to “Photo of the week: the labyrinth at Santa Fe’s St. Francis Cathedral”

  1. Charles Higgins
    July 3, 2019 at 7:45 am #

    Love the photo..and the history lesson…


    • Billie Frank
      July 4, 2019 at 8:06 am #

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

  2. Abby
    July 3, 2019 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, 2019 at 8:05 am #

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

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