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Window to the old chapel
(Van Nuys, CA)
Photographed October 2007, Taos, NM
The first San Geronimo Mission in Taos, New Mexico, was destroyed during an 1847 uprising. "From one of the damaged walls," says Monakil, "the view of the cemetery serves as a reminder of the more than 150 people who perished during the revolt." The remnants of the Spanish church stand tall, "as if still protecting its parishoners."