What Are Some Interesting Facts About the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico?


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Santa Fe, New Mexico, sits 7,000 feet above sea level, making it the highest state capital in the United States. The full name of Santa Fe is, "La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis," which means, "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi." "Santa Fe" alone translates to "Holy City," and it is also nicknamed "The City Different" for its variety of cultures and unique history.

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The altitude of Santa Fe causes tourists and visitors an adjustment period of approximately 48 hours. Visitors are encouraged to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol. One alcoholic drink consumed in Santa Fe is equal to three in cities of lower-altitude.

Santa Fe is also the oldest state capital in the United States, and was the capital of the entire territory in 1610. Only two older cities still exist in the United States, Pensacola and St. Augustine, which are both in Florida. The Palace of the Governors was also built in Santa Fe in 1610, and as of 2015, is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. The palace has also been named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Santa Fe's Canyon Road is filled with over 100 cultural and artistic destinations in a half-mile span, making it the world's most dense concentration of art galleries in a measured area. Canyon Road also hosts art-related events, including Passport to the Arts and ARTfeast Art of Living.

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