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'Santa Fe , founded in 1607, is the capital of the state of New Mexico in the United States. With an elevation of 7000 feet, it is not only the United States' oldest state capital but its highest. Its population of about 70,000, doesn't make it the most populous capital, but that's part of its charm. Santa Fe is consistently rated one of the world's top travel destinations for its confluence of scenic beauty, long history (at least by US standards), cultural diversity, and extraordinary concentration of arts, music and fine dining.

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  1. Santa Fe's full name is La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís­–the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi.
  2. Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles.
  3. Lew Wallace wrote Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ while he served as New Mexico territorial governor, from 1878 to 1881, in Santa Fe. Ben-Hur was published in 1880, and made into a movie starring Charleston Heston in 1959.
  4. Built in 1610, The Palace of the Governors is America's oldest continuously occupied public building, making it one of the nation's oldest landmarks.
  5. At 7,000 above sea level, Santa Fe is the United State's highest capital city.

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