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Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Old Zuni) MIssion

Historic Site
Old Zuni Mission ca. 1890's – Ben Wittick

ADA Accessibility Notes

Minimal access.

One of the earliest examples of a Spanish Colonial era mission that was established in 1630 by Franciscan missionaries at Zuni Pueblo. The original mission complex included an enclosed adobe 'convento' to house the priest, a few soldiers, and any other mission personnel. The Mission was partially burned and the priest 'martyred' during the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Extensive additions occurred during the 18th Century, including creation of the Pacheco altar in 1776. After the Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, the Mission was largely abandoned by the Franciscans and went into a steady decline until the mid-1960's. A three way partnership between the Catholic Diocese of Gallup, the Zuni Tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs enabled the reconstruction of the Mission to be completed by 1970. At this time, the highly significant and unique murals of Zuni 'kachinas' was begun by Alex Seowtewa and continued until 2006.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets in the overall historic area.

Time Period Represented

1600's to 1800's


Daily tours at 10:00AM, 1:00PM, & 3:00PM

Seasons Open

Year around



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