The Quarai Pueblo Mission Ruins
In 1598 a Spanish expedition party led by Juan de Onate arrived at the pueblo named Quarai. It was inhabited by the Anasazi and Mogollon people. Like many other pueblos of the American Southwest, the Spaniards imposed their beliefs and will upon the native Americans and had them build a large Christian church. Although the architecture of the church is European in basic design, they took excellent advantage of the methods and materials the native Americans had used for centuries. In testament to those methods and materials, the beautiful structure still stands tall.
Quarai Pueblo Mission is part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in Central New Mexico, USA. It is located 8 miles north of highway U.S. 60 on highway N.M. 55.