World Reviewer rating

Not yet rated

The Penitente Morada

Listed under Modern Monuments in New Mexico, United States.

Photo of The Penitente Morada
Photo by Tammie Dooley
Pin It

On a cliff in New Mexico stands the reason I could die and not regret having never seen Paris, or gasp, Italy. The structure is not in guidebooks; its presence on the internet limited. The wonder of it on this trip, a simple road trip on borrowed time, summarizes what travel should be – a serendipitous discovery of the unknown. I’d only heard of it from those who’d heard of it. A small shotgun structure built in the 1700s of straw and mud, the soft curves formed by hand, the large bell at one end tethered to a frayed rope, neither it nor what transpires inside has been altered much by time.

Standing respectfully behind the fence with evening bearing down I walked back and forth admiring its position on the hill, the three silhoutted crosses shifted in sand until they’d settled into their own quirky angles, the perfection of the clouds, the angles and time of day at which I’d want to photograph it…. Intent to absorb and appreciate the drama of the moment without a camera in hand, an ineffable joy at seeing this with my own eyes created unexpected tears. I didn’t know then that the next evening I’d be inside the structure, part of a service a rare few have seen.

Read more on Tammie's blog.

Written by  Tammie Dooley.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • El Ángel de la Independencia

    The Angel of Independence is an angel topped victory column sitting in the middle of a round about, as these things so often do…

  • National Palace, Mexico

    On this stop key decisions about Mexico and the people of Mexico have been made since before there was even a Mexico.  This is …

  • New Parliament House

    Recently I travelled to Australia's capital to visit a long time mate and confidante who I regularly communicate with. With my…

Nearby Experiences

  • Dar al Islam Mosque

    In a region devout to the faith of the Spanish throne, driving a washboard rough, chalky road in Abiquiu, New Mexico that snake…

  • Plaza Blanca

    Plaza Blanca, or the ‘white place’, rests protected and guarded in a valley of the Rio Chama hills.  Made famous by a 1940 pain…

  • Santa Fe- Farmer’s Market

    This market is the champion of the cause of farmers all over the north of New Mexico. The market stipulates that all produce m…

Related links

Contribute to this page