Churches of the Royal City E-Bike Tour | A Tour of the Historic Churches of Santa Fe
Every Thursday & Sunday 8:30am – 12pm | Offered Year-Round Weather Dependent
$135 per person + tax | Inclusive of E-Bike Rental, Bike Helmet, Bike Trunk Bag, Safety Reflective Triangle, Tour Guide Headset & Receiver for listening to your guides interpretation while on tour.
We meet in the Heritage Inspirations Shop at the Inn and Spa at Loretto.
This is a hop on hop off cycling tour in Santa Fe’s Historic District. We provide E-Bikes for an enjoyable ride for everyone!
Catholicism is the most prominent faith in New Mexico. The Catholic Faith entered what is present day New Mexico in 1598. The city of Santa Fe was founded in 1610, and in that same year the first church was erected where the Cathedral Basilica of St. Frances of Assisi stands today.
Begin at the Loretto Chapel which is famous for its miraculous staircase that devout believers in the faith say St. Joseph built by hand. This was the answer to the Sisters of Loretto’s payer to God. On the last day of their novena to St. Joseph a gentleman arrived in town and offered his assistance to the nuns. He worked by himself during the Christmas season of 1879. When the work was completed Mother Superior went to pay him, but he had vanished. You will marvel at the beauty of the staircase and the French Gothic architecture of the Loretto Chapel that transcends you back to 19th Century Paris.
French-Romanesque, Adobe and Mid Century Modern décor are seen throughout the Cathedral Basilica of St. Frances of Assisi which was never completed. Santa Fe is known as the City Different and this church is known as the Cathedral Different. There are towering rows of Corinthian Columns in the main sanctuary and a crypt behind the altar where many bishops who have overseen the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are buried. A massive and gorgeous stained-glass rose window greets visitors at the entrance the Basilica and this historic site is a great interpretation of the many changes and mindsets of Santa Fe since its founding.
John Gaw Meem is considered to be the father of Santa Fe’s signature style. Meem was hired to draw up plans and design the Christo Rey Church. This church is considered Modern Puebloan and is his best known piece of ecclesiastical architecture. 123 local men helped build the church which took one year to construct and it opened for services in 1940.
Santa Fe’s San Miguel Mission, is the oldest church in the USA. It is uncertain when exactly the church was constructed. The earliest documentation known to exist is from 1628. The original church, “Hermita de San Miguel,” was built on the site of an ancient ceremonial kiva of the Analco Indians. It is believe that it was constructed by Tlaxcalan Indians, who came to New Mexico from old Mexico with the Spanish Conquistadors in 1598.
In 1911 construction began on the Scottish Rite Temple, also known as Scottish Rite Cathedral or Santa Fe Lodge of Perfection. Architects of the Scottish Rite Temple used Spanish heritage and drew upon the Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada in order to connect Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Santa Fe, Spain. There the Moors surrendered to Spanish rule in 1492. The flamingo pink exterior evokes the pink adobe structures of the Alhambra in Spain. The three-story crenellated tower, frames the monumental entrance with a horseshoe arch resembling the Alhambra’s Gate of Justice. The elaborately decorated interior combines geometric Moorish designs with Masonic symbols. The designs are supposedly proportioned by the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence, nature’s code. At this site you will also learn about the practices and traditions of the Freemasons that congregate here.
All roads traveled on are paved and only moderately hill like terrain.
Many of the streets are narrow so riding safely and alert is very important.
INCLUDED WITH YOUR E-BIKE RENTAL
Comfortable E-Bike, with guided interpretive and educational experience
Tour Guide Headset & Receiver for listening to your guides interpretation while on tour
Rear Trunk Bike Bag to hold personal belongings
Safety Reflective Triangle
Seat Post Suspension
Water Bottle Cage to hold your personal water bottle