You could easily mistake the Manzano Church for the remains of an earlier 17th century structure. In fact, this church was built in late 1829 by the residents of the nearby town of Manzano. This new church was to be built in the shadow of the Quarai Mission, but public protest soon caused a stop to construction. Apache raids in 1830 may have influenced the decision to move the church's location. A new location was selected closer to the town of Manzano, where the church still stands. After the new church location moved closer to town, construction on the Manzano Church near the Quarai Mission was never completed.
Did You Know?
The caravan that supplied the missions only arrived every three years. Included in one year’s shipment was 45 gallons of sacramental wine, 42 pounds of prepared candle wax, and 26 gallons of lamp oil for illuminating the altar.