- The final stop on our black and white shoot photo walk was the 400 hundred year old Sam Miguel Mission in Socorro. It’s small and not particularly spectacular looking inside compared to other grandeur missions, still it’s a stop that is worth doing for many reasons.
The current mission was built on top of the original mission, the Nuestra Senora de Socorro, that was destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. The original mission goes back to about 1626. Fortunately, a piece of one of the original adobe walls survived and is visible for all to see. It is situated near the alter and is protected by a glass window.
Today, the San Miguel Mission remains a vibrant part of Socorro’s local community. According to the head caretaker, who leads a 17 person team, hundred of parishioners attend mass every week.
In 2016 the San Miguel Mission was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can travel directly to my earlier post, Socorro, New Mexico in Black and White, by clicking on the link below.