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The first mission was built here between 1615 and 1626, but during the Pueblo uprising of 1680, the local Piros and the Spanish settlers fled south. It wasn?t until 1816, that a small group of Spaniards resettled Socorro and rebuilt the church, completing it in 1821. Unfortunately when we visited in September 2011 the church was closed for what is apparently much-needed renovation, as past neglect of the adobe structure has led to extensive water damage.
According to the small leaflet about Socorro?s history produced by the local tourism board, ?There are 4 sub floors under the church. Records show that four priests & General Manuel Armijo, the last governor of the Territory of New Mexico, are buried under the church. Some descendants of the early settlers say that in the early 1800?s, an Apache Indian raid was halted when they saw a man with wings and shining sword hovering over the church door. Shortly afterward, a petition was made to the Bishop to change the name of the church to San Miguel (St. Michael), the Angelic Protector of the people.?
We went to Saturday evening Mass here (held in the parish hall because of the church closure) and were really taken by the friendliness of the local people. One couple were celebrating sixty years of marriage, with four generations of their large family around them - a lovely thing to be part of!
Directions: One block west of California Street on San Miguel Street
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