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The vision and mission of the Belén Plaza Vieja Preservation Committee is to recover the buried and forgotten history of the town of Belén’s first church and plaza and recreate to some extent the “Plaza Vieja” site to be a vibrant social and educational destination so that local community members and visitors can discover and reclaim this important historical treasure as a vibrant social and spiritual space. It is hoped that this preservation and interpretive plan serves to inform the Belén Plaza Vieja Colonial Church site property owners and stakeholders of possible options and strategies towards a coordinated effort to protect a vital part of Belén’s historical, cultural, architectural and archeological legacy and assure the continuity of this unique place without adversely affecting the historic resources at the site.


Belen, New Mexico; Heritage sites; Preservation plan; Colonial Churches; Plazas of New Mexico; Public History; Landscape Architecture