“established in 1706!”
Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded here in 1706. Today, historic Old Town Albuquerque is the city's cultural center, with five museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants. Old Town was the first neighborhood in 1706, when a group of Spanish families settled here, not far from the Rio Grande. The settlers organized their new town in the traditional Spanish colonial way, with a central plaza anchored by a church. When the original adobe church collapsed after the long, rainy summer of 1792, they rebuilt, and in 1793 San Felipe de Neri church was completed. Today, this adobe church with walls five feet thick is the oldest in Albuquerque and its white towers mark Old Town from a distance. It remains a functioning Catholic church, and as you wander around the neighborhood you may see couples posing for wedding pictures in the Plaza's gazebo. More than 300 years after it was founded, Old Town remains a center for culture, architecture, shopping, art and cuisine.
Quaint and Cute, however not everything was open. (Was there on a Saturday)
BIG tourist attraction, but very relaxing to walk through. Grab some yummy ice cream and browse the China made Native items.
You get some authentic stuff as well as lower quality tourist stuff. Most everything no matter the vendor, is priced at a premium but it's a nice small area to walk around, enjoy and even get something to eat. Nice ambiance.
We got here on a Monday at 2:20 and the stores were open there were people in the park and native bands playing in the squares. It was beautiful and relaxing! Everyone we met was so friendly this place is great. A great place to stop and stretch your legs after being cramped in the car for hours!
Definitely a must-see. The architecture is beautiful and the town square is quaint and relaxing. Lots of shops offering a variety of wares, from tribal pottery to turquoise jewelry, handmade soaps, candy shops, and more.
We went at night to see the neon signs. Maybe we were off season, maybe we were too late in the day (April and 9:30pm) there weren't many lights turned on. Loved the architecture though. Is on my list of places to explore during the day when I come back.
Touristy but still lots of fun. Tons of colorful wool blankets, turquoise jewelry and pottery. There's also an antique store on Romero Street called Old Town Antiques that has plenty of really great things, many related to the area, if you want something more unique.
Touristy, but great place to get your Mexican made rugs and some ice cream.
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