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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument New Mexico

Images of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Central New Mexico, taken in October 2017.

Spaniards came to this area in the late 1500s and began to build missions and convert the local Indian peoples to Christianity. To advance this undertaking they built missions in some of the more populated pueblos. These missions included some interesting features, most notably kivas which are ceremonial chambers used by the Pueblo Religion. Speculation regarding their inclusion in the missions trend toward the theory that the Franciscans used the kivas to convert the Indians slowly while allowing them to continue to perform some of their own rituals.

The three mission settlement, Abo, Quarai and Gran Quivira were abandoned in the 1670s after drought, wide-spread famine and reoccurring epidemics decimated the local populations.
Abo Ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Abo Ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Kiva in the Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Kiva in the Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Side altar in the Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Side altar in the Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
View of Mission of San Gregorio de Abo from the convento in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
View of Mission of San Gregorio de Abo from the convento in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins of Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins of Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Mission of San Gregorio de Abo with Manzano Mountains in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Mission of San Gregorio de Abo with Manzano Mountains in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins of Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins of Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Church altar at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Church altar at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Bell tower ruins at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Bell tower ruins at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Choir steps at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Choir steps at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Manzano Mountains from Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Manzano Mountains from Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Doorway at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Doorway at Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins outside Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins outside Mission of San Gregorio de Abo in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Plazuela, fortified ranch, from the early 1800s in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Plazuela, fortified ranch, from the early 1800s in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai Ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai Ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Church altar area in Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Church altar area in Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai church in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai church in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Convento wall of Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Convento wall of Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
View from inside Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
View from inside Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Outside walls of Quarai ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Outside walls of Quarai ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai from the south convento in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai from the south convento in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Tower of Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Tower of Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai church in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Quarai church in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins around Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins around Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Square kiva in the convento in Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Square kiva in the convento in Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Lone cloud over Quarai ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Lone cloud over Quarai ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Kiva and ruins behind the Quarai convento in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Kiva and ruins behind the Quarai convento in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins outside Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins outside Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira Ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira Ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira Ruins on a hill in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira Ruins on a hill in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira church ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira church ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira ruins and altar area in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira ruins and altar area in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Later Gran Quivira church ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Later Gran Quivira church ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira convento walls in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Gran Quivira convento walls in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Convento area in Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Convento area in Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Walls of the convento at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Walls of the convento at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Convento ruins at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Convento ruins at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins of the convento at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins of the convento at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Early church ruins at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Early church ruins at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Large community kiva at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Large community kiva at Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Late afternoon sun on the Gran Quivira ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Late afternoon sun on the Gran Quivira ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Kiva at the Gran Quivira ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Kiva at the Gran Quivira ruins in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins behind Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Ruins behind Gran Quivira in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument