Rio Grande Blvd, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8710435.130840 -106.671870
This stretch of old Albuquerque is a perfect first stop for first-time visitors. – Overview
The settlement of Old Town is a 300-year saga of Indian revolts, Spanish deceit, Confederate invasion and economic hardship. This slice of old Albuquerque, originally named "San Francisco de Albuquerque," remains a quiet enclave amidst a mass of urban sprawl.
Architectural evidence of the city's long and varied history includes El Parrillan, the Territorial-style adobe building, and the Manuel Springer House, a two-story brick Queen Anne-style building. The jewel of Old Town is the Church of San Felipe de Neri. Originally constructed of adobe in 1706, it now features Gothic twin spires and fascinating depictions of Christ. More than a hundred shops, galleries and restaurants surround the plaza. Regional artisans, mostly Native American, sell their crafts along the shaded sidewalks. Reenacted gunfights break out every Sunday, and the world's largest collection of live rattlesnakes is on display at the Rattlesnake Museum.
Cool beans – Great area for shopping, sight-seeing, and getting a "feel" for our southwest.
What a fabulous old town! – It's fun during the day and romantic at night! Little Anita's restaurant has the yummiest food and most friendly staff. There's even a fondue restaurant in old town! Rest your feet on a bench in the quirky museum sculpture garden!
You can teach an old town new tricks – We recently visited Old Town and I must say I really like the mixture of artists that are available. There is art and music for everyone to enjoy. I was suprised to see modern art in old town. Nice walk, good sites and music.
RECENTLY VISITED NEW MEXICO FOR THE FIRST TIME AND SPENT HOURS SHOPPING IN OLD TOWN PLAZA. IT WAS AN ENCHANTING SHOPPING EXPERIENCE, A WONDERFUL GETAWAY FROM THE USUAL HECTIC, HURRIED PACE OF THE MALL.
Mr – History in the present,a day worth spending in a part of America that has stood the test of time
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