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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Conejos)

Conejos County

The present Our Lady of Guadalupe Church dates to 1927/1948 and serves a heavily Hispano parish that has long-standing ties to the settlement of the San Luis Valley in the early 1850s.

A photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Conejos.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

After an 1863 adobe church in this location partially burned in 1926, the 1927 rear portion of the building was constructed and attached to twin 1879 adobe towers and the façade that survived the conflagration. In 1948 the adobe towers and front were demolished, the nave was expanded one bay to the east, and the current facade and towers were erected.  The church has been a focal point for community events since its initial founding in the 1850s, and the present church has been the site of funerals, weddings, and feast days. The church is also an example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style and includes extensive installations of stained-glass windows, a hand-crafted altar, statuary, and other works of art, much of which are the works of local craftsmen.