Andrea, Kat, and I spotted ancestral dwellings when returning home from Jemez Springs. We stopped and paid a small entrance fee to the Jemez people in order to see the ruins. The displays, history, and air-conditioning inside the museum were well worth a visit, but the buildings really amazed me.
While I’ve seen my share of kiva’s this summer, I hadn’t seen such strong European influence before. The displayed buildings were of native materials and construction, but clearly a European church and fortress.
The thickness of the walls itself was surprising, but the single large central room really took me by surprise. I felt an echo of the Loretto Chapel and every other Catholic Church I’ve visited over the years.
Can you tell I love photographing Kat in that hat? Lovely against the New Mexico background.