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Living History

The history of this neighborhood dates back to 1706 when the city of Albuquerque was officially founded. A group of Spanish families settled here by the Rio Grande and the city's first neighborhood was born.

Today, this remains the cultural and historical center of the city and frequently hosts festivals, holidays, and other community events. The neighborhood church, San Felipe de Neri, dates from 1793 and is the oldest working Catholic church in the state. There are a variety of tours you can take of this stately heritage neighborhood, and other local attractions here include the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Rattlesnake Museum.

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