City of Espanola
Visit the Plaza de Española!
The Plaza de Española is the historical and cultural center of the city. Within easy walking distance are four attractions that serve to teach and demonstrate our heritage. The Mision Museum y Convento is a replica of the original mission built by the Spanish at the nearby San Gabriel settlement in 1598. The history of the area from ancient times is depicted on reredos (altar screens) produced by the finest regional artists (see image on right).
The Bond House Museum is a circa 1910 home listed on both the National and New Mexico Register of Historic Places. In addition to historic photographs and artifacts it is used to display the works of various local artists.
The Veteran?s Wall was completed in 2003 to honor the over 2,000 men and women from northern New Mexico who have served honorably in the military. The memorial includes a reflecting pool and the ''Walk of Honor'' and is adorned with over 100 rose bushes.
The Plaza Fountain is characteristic of fountains found in different areas throughout Spain. The arches over the fountain represent the architecture found at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. These designs celebrate the Spanish influence in northern New Mexico.