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Nuestra Señora de Purísima Concepción de Quarai


This church complex was built in the early-seventeenth century as part of Spanish friars’ efforts to evangelize the native peoples. Yet within 50 years, the settlement stood abandoned as a result of natural disasters and sustained military attack from rival indigenous groups. Only ruins of its stone structure remain, located near Albuquerque, New Mexico. They provide a window into religious practices of this period, with the remains of both a Spanish-style church and a kiva (a meeting room used in some indigenous rituals) on the premises.


"Quarai, Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Quarai -- Spanish Colonial Missions of the Southwest Travel Itinerary." 2016. National Park Service. July 2, 2021.
Annotated by Brittany Erwin.
"Quarai Ruins in Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument, New Mexico." 2007. Wikipedia. July 2, 2021.

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