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Unique historical church

This is an important, albeit controversial and uncomfortable part of our history, but however you... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
Washington DC
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A little piece of Heaven in Mescalero

St. Joseph's is one of the most amazing and stunning beautiful churches that I have ever seen. The... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

This is an important, albeit controversial and uncomfortable part of our history, but however you feel about it, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the beauty of this church. It’s austere and sits grand upon a hill, towering above town. It’s most unique features are the imagery...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ceceliainDC
Reviewed 11 August 2018

St. Joseph's is one of the most amazing and stunning beautiful churches that I have ever seen. The Apache Christ is in back of the alter looking out to all of the parish. All of the paintings are in the likeness of Apaches. They are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Easy to get to, right off an exit from Hwy 70 in Mescalero (Hwy 70 runs right through the Mescalero Apache reservation, between Ruidoso & Alamogordo). Since moving W several years ago, one of our favorite things to do when we visit new areas is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Teresa G
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I really appreciate older buildings, especially those that have been maintained. This church is beautiful both outside and in and the preservation work shows. I went in the early morning and it was really quiet, perfect time to reflect.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Michael W
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

I am not an expert about old churches, but this was a neat place to visit. Free entrance. Set within the Apache nation, this is an old church that clearly met the people "where they are". For instance, next to a statue of Mary and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 2015SeanF
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Easy to get to. Steps leading up to the church are steep but there is s drive around to the rear. Inside-awesome when comparing to the limited funds and manpower for the times. Truly worth the side trip.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Hwhire22
Reviewed 1 January 2018

I like taking pictures of old churches. Have visited Santa Fe, Mesa and Mesilla for the churches. It is worth stopping and going inside for pictures.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank txtarheel
Reviewed 16 October 2017

It sits on top of a hill. Nice building, but nothing really to see. Just an Indian church. Looking inside for 5 min is all you want, if that much.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Stewart S
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This church was built by Father Albert Braun, an incredible priest that served as an Army Chaplain during both the First and Second War, and was a POW. His greatest love was the Apache People. It took 16 years to restore this church to its...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Interesting history about the church. Unique building architecture and stained glass. Next trip will try to attend Mass.

Date of experience: March 2017
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