Santa Fe Ranks Internationally for Art & Architecture recently compiled a list of the top 10 international cities for art and  architecture and Santa Fe showed up in 7th place, the first US city featured on the list. Living in Santa Fe, it’s easy to lose track of what a special place this is. It’s easy to grow accustomed to the things that make Santa Fe the City Different.

Every summer the population of Santa Fe swells with tourists creating an atmosphere of excitement and vibrancy. This annual invasion can be inconvenient, but the sheer number of people who want to travel to our small city says something about Santa Fe. I always hear people talk of Santa Fe’s ‘rich culture’ and ‘historical significance.’ So often, in fact, that I sometimes take for granted what these words actually mean.

Santa Fe’s Culture and History

What they mean is that there were once battles for dominance between Spaniards and Indians in the buildings that surround the Plaza. That Billy the Kid once washed dishes at La Fonda Hotel. And this is a place where thousands of people want to come to enjoy the unique native art traditions and the beautiful Pueblo architecture style that have been passed down for centuries. Going about our day-to-day lives it is so easy to forget that we live on hallowed ground made special by centuries of people dwelling here. Let’s remember to appreciate our wonderful high desert community.

In the spirit of appreciating Santa Fe, I’m issuing a challenge, to myself, and anyone else who wishes to accept it. Go out into Santa Fe and learn something new about our history or culture. Go to a museum that you haven’t visited before, or read up on our unique architecture. Then come back here and tell us all about it. See you around Santa Fe!

Hotwire’s Top 10 International Cities for Art and Architecture

In case you were curious, here’s the full list cities:

1. Paris

2. Florence, Italy

3. Vatican City

4. Berlin

5. Amsterdam

6. St. Petersburg, Russia

7. Santa Fe

8. Los Angeles

9. Sydney

10. Tokyo

(from The Santa Fe New Mexican)