This church is the oldest church in the United States. Built between 1610 and 1626, the church is still an active Catholic church offering two Masses on Sundays.
This church serves as a reminder that our concepts of North American settlement are often somewhat in error. This church in is the American Southwest and has been in active use for over 400 years, a figure longer than any church in the American East, and a demonstration that much of what we associate with European civilization in North America was already further West at an early stage than we sometimes credit, and that what became the North American civilization was already less European, in significant ways. This church, for example was constructed by regional natives.