"Old Town Plaza" Old Town Tip by toonsarah

Old Town, Albuquerque: 49 reviews and 97 photos

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As in any Spanish colonial city, the heart of Albuquerque?s Old Town is its Plaza. The town was founded in 1706 and as it grew settlers built their houses near the church and around a defensible centre, which eventually became the plaza.

Shaded with trees it is a very pleasant place in which to take a rest between sightseeing and shopping (the two main activities in the Old Town). Children play and both locals and tourists relax on the benches. At the centre is a gazebo which apparently is a popular place for wedding photos to be taken after ceremonies in the church. Also on the plaza are two replicas of cannons which were buried by retreating Confederate troops during a Civil War skirmish on April 8 ? 9, 1862. The original cannons are in the Albuquerque Museum.

The Plaza is surrounded by restaurants and shops with high tourist-appeal - despite the presence of the attractive old church of San Felipe de Neri, shopping appears to be something of a religion in the Old Town. Under the porticos of some of the buildings, Native American traders sell jewellery and other crafts. We didn?t buy anything here (although were to do so a couple of days later in a similar setting in Santa Fe) but it looked a good option if you are shopping ? it?s always nice to buy direct rather than pay shop overheads!

Directions: In the centre of the Old Town, which lies to the west of Downtown ? very hard to miss!
Phone: 505 2468677
Website: http://www.albuquerqueoldtown.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2011
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