Mud + Straw


This is one of the oldest churches in northern New Mexico; the marker in front says it was founded in 1751 and that the building was built over a sixteen year period, beginning in 1760. The adobe walls are remudded periodically, and some of them are (again, according to the sign) as much as six feet thick.

The low wall around the churchyard is also adobe, a mixture of mud and straw. When you see it up close, it is sort of amazing that the church has lasted as long as it has.

San José de la Gracia church
Las Trampas, New Mexico
photographed 12.25.2015

Posted on January 4, 2016, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I would love to see this church, a testament to the persistence of people and good building upkeep.


  2. Nice shooting! And compliments to the builders.


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