• Quarai 2014

    Salinas Pueblo Missions

    National Monument New Mexico


Quarai Torreon
The Quarai Torreon.
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A Torreon, meaning "fortified building" or "tower", is a circular defensive structure built like a castle keep. The remains of a torreon are visible in the Luceros structures southeast of the Quarai Mission. These later reoccupation structures were built during the second attempt to move back to the area by the Luceros family after the first attempt was ended by Apache raids in 1830. The torreon was probably built in the 1840s or 1850s. It is unknown if the torreon was ever used during subsequent raids.

The torreon prior to stabilization. Date unknown.
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.