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Manzano Church

Manzano Church
The Manzano Church
NPS Photo

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.

Manzano Church
Early stabilization photo of the Manzano Church.
SAPU Museum Collection

Did You Know?


The mission of San Gregorio de Abó was started around 1623 and renovated in about 1645. Construction of Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Cuarac at Quaraí was begun in 1627. At Gran Quivira, the small visita church of San Isidro was begun around 1631 and the larger church at Gran Quivira, San Buenaventura, was later started in 1659.