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Fantastic Spanish missions, traditional adobe, and an abundance of local
arts and crafts, set in the breathtaking high desert of the Southwest,
make Santa Fe a stunningly beautiful city to visit. The capital of
New Mexico boasts a population of a little over 70,000 people, divided
primarily between hispanics and whites. There is also a sizable
Native American population. This group's influence is ubiquitous in
this region, from the adobe style frequently used for homes to the
jewelry, pottery, and weaving which dominates local industry. Silver
and turquoise necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are crafted in
in traditional forms. Hand-woven rugs and baskets also carry native
motifs. The influence of Spanish missionaries can also be
felt. The nation's oldest church, San Miguel Mission, is located
here. Another Spanish monument, Saint Francis Cathedral, is one of
the most fantastic missions built in New Mexico and one of the city's
most prominent landmarks. The arts are joyously celebrated with
craft fairs, concerts, and Spanish and Indian markets held regularly
in Santa Fe Plaza, at the heart of the city.
Adobe House in Santa Fe
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