The Cross of the Martyrs -- a Santa Fe, New Mexico landmark. Schedule a private history or ghost tour w/ Allan Pacheco 505-986-5002
ABOVE & BELOW 2018: FORT MARCY from downtown Santa Fe. The steel cross commemorates the 16 (Padres - Deacons - Civilians) who were tortured to death atop FORT MARCY HILL during "THE PUEBLO REVOLT of 1680".
ABOVE: 1966 Photo of FORT MARCY
Upon the arrival of the Conquistadors, a small palisade-lookout-station was built atop of what is now (CROSS OF THE MARTYRS), the Spaniards main bastion was where today's Palace of the Governor's is located. (ON THE PLAZA). During the War of 1680, "THE PUBELO REVOLT" the hill was overrun, Indian captives were tortured to death atop the summit area. Thus the modern cross. By way of the Mexican American War - (1846) MANIFEST DESTINY ERA - Santa Fe became part the USA. The old citadel area was upgraded & named FORT MARCY.
Below --a view of Santa Fe from Fort Marcy circa 1929? As you can see the Fort's location did command all of old Santa Fe... Sadly as of 1968-1969 the old artillery stronghold was bulldozed. As of today, there is not much left of the landmark, however there is a beautiful view of old Santa Fe from monument base. The walk up the hill is steep, the path is brick, at the crest --- one is amazed at the sights below -- yes, the hill towers over old and modern Santa Fe!
Above & Below: Fort Marcy (CROSS OF THE MARTYRS) --- the view from the top of the hill or monument area is breathtaking.
May 3, 2018
Our time with you was among the best in Santa Fe - we loved your irreverent spirit, your depth of knowledge and your obvious intellect. Thanks - and I mean it!
Below: Tour Guide Allan --- atop the Drury Hotel -- 5th floor --- roof bar. MAGNIFICENT views are had from this watering hole -- behind Allan is Fort Marcy -- if you look to the right of Allan's Fedora you will see the white "CROSS OF THE MARTYRS.
BELOW: another view of old Fort Marcy and the Cross of the Martyr's, from the bar atop the DRURY HOTEL -- The tour ended at a wonderful premier watering hole - --- above Daniel's head one can see the monument. This bar is located 5 stories up -- on the roof of a magnificent hotel -- one can see how this bastion on the hill commanded old SANTA FE.
Is the place haunted -- YES according to lore. Through the centuries La Llorona has appeared on the hill, likewise a ghostly Conquistador + other odd apparitions.
The Cross of the Martyrs is used as a milestone ceremony area -- be it graduation commemorations or the start and closing of Santa Fe's FIESTA! Some weird beards think the above photo captures a ghost, perhaps of one of the Padres who was murdered atop the hill in 1680. The figure on the far right is a small distance from everybody else. The picture BELOW is blown up: the figure in question looks like an older man --- if it is a ghost -- then it was one of the best photos of a ghost in quasi-human form Allan has ever seen... Metaphysician Allan tries to be as skeptical as possible when it comes to ghost photos --- take a look, judge for yourself... It is odd that the person is so far away --- but maybe that person is taking a photo ---- or is ALLAN all wrong and something paranormal was caught in the snapshot.
Some people think the above (BLOWN UP) picture looks a little creepy --- maybe -- then-- maybe not.
Below: FORT MARCY supposedly 1912 ---
Schedule a ghost or history tour -- with Allan or a SANTA FE ODYSSEY TOUR -- 505-986-5002 or 505-231-1336 The ODYSSEY is roughly 3-4 hours long -- a.k.a. "THE LONG MARCH".