One of our favorite places to visit when in the Albuquerque area is San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest Church in Albuquerque and one of the oldest buildings in Albuquerque. This historic Church has become a part of our places to visit when in the area.

Front of San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque

A Little About San Felipe de Neri Church

San Felipe is nestled right in the historic Old Town Plaza area. When we visited a couple of years ago, work was being done and we were unable to see the inside. Fortunately, the renovation has been completed and I was able to enter this historic Church to see its beautiful inside this time.

A Little About the History

According to their website, San Felipe was started in 1706 and was originally named after the Viceroy of New Spain; apparently the Duke of Albuquerque had the name changed to San Felipe de Neri in honor of King Philip of Spain. The first church was completed by 1718-19. During the rainy season of 1792, the Church collapsed. The Church that now stands on Old Town Plaza was constructed the following year.

An Architectural Splendor

San Felipe is a historic adobe Church, and reflects a rustic charm of sorts, and is a unique blend of Spanish Colonial architecture and Native American architectural styles. There are many religious artifacts as well as centuries-old artwork and San Felipe is a peaceful environment for those who seek solitude and a meditative experience.

Altar Screen at San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque
Looking toward Rear Inside of San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque

Visitor Information

San Felipe is an active parish and offers masses for those who might be interested. It is generally open from 10 am to 4 pm daily; however, they may be closed at times for special or cultural events. You can check their website for more information here. Access to the Church is through the Gift Shop, which has many different spiritual items available for purchase. There is a museum which has many old and historic artifacts.  

Historic Bell in Museum at San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque

San Felipe de Neri is one of those places I could visit again and again, as I love visiting San Felipe when in the area. For those of us who love historical Churches and visiting spiritual places, San Felipe is one of those places you will want to add to your list of places to go when in the Albuquerque area.

While in the old town Albuquerque area, you might enjoy exploring the Old Town Plaza area, which offers galleries, boutiques, and places to grab a bite to eat. Cultural events are offered from time to time in this area. There is an area where Native Americans can display their handmade goods in front of one of the eateries.

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