City Spotlight: Santa Fe, the Creative City

Posted on October 15, 2012


Learn about your favorite cities with maps!  At DaVinci Business Graphics, we provide educational and decorative maps to help you learn more about the countries, states, and cities that interest you.  Today, we shine our city spotlight on the unique art and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico.      

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Santa Fe isn’t just tooting its own horn when it calls itself a “CreativeCity.”  It was officially given that title by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), making it part of UNESCO’s protected cultural sites.  Santa Fe is known throughout the US and worldwide for its folk and cultural art.

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A Little Bit of Spain

The city of Santa Fe was established by the Spaniards in 1573 and was built according to rules and ordinances of King Philip II.  This meant that the city be laid out around a central plaza.  If you travel to Santa Fe today, you will see some of the original buildings that were constructed hundreds of years ago: The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Palace of the Governors.

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Spanish Pueblo Revival

In the early 1900’s, the Santa Fe government decided that it would try to reconnect with its Spanish roots to reinvigorate waning tourism.  The city’s over-eclectic architectural style lead to the Spanish Pueblo Revival—a movement to remodel the city using local and old-fashioned architecture techniques.

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Museums and Festivals

The Georgia O’Keeffe museum is devoted to exhibitions of her work and associated artists or related themes.  Canyon Road is a popular gallery for locals and tourists.  They specialize in contemporary, Southwestern, indigenous American, and experimental art, in addition to Russian, Taos Masters, and Native American pieces.  Santa Fe is famous for its notable local authors, various folk art, and the Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the “CreativeCity,” or are planning a trip to any of the unique regions across the country, contact DaVinci Business GraphicsWe carry maps of Santa Fe as well as maps of every state, county, and city in the US.  We can provide you with map books to help navigate your trip, or wall maps to help decorate your home or office.

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