Santa Fe is the capital of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is the
fourth-largest city in the state and is the seat of Santa Fe County. Santa Fe is
also the oldest capital city in the United States. Santa Fe (meaning вЂњholy
faithвЂќ in Spanish) had a population of 69,204 in 2012. It is the principal
city of a Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Santa Fe County
and is part of the larger Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas Combined Statistical
Area. The cityвЂ™s full name when founded was La Villa Real de la Santa FГ© de
San Francisco de AsГs (вЂњThe Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of
The city is well known as a center for arts that reflect the multicultural
character of the city; it has been designated as a UNESCO Creative City in
Design, Crafts and Folk Art. Each Wednesday the alternative weekly newspaper,
The Santa Fe Reporter, publishes information on the arts and culture of Santa
Fe; and each Friday, the daily Santa Fe New Mexican publishes Pasatiempo, its
long-running calendar and commentary on arts and events.
In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S.
by CBS Money Watch and U.S. News. The city and the surrounding areas have a high
concentration of artists. They have come over the decades to capture the natural
beauty of the landscape, the flora and the fauna. One of the most well-known New
MexicoвЂ“based artists was Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived for a time in Santa Fe,
but primarily in Abiquiu, a small village about 50 mi (80 km) away. The New
Mexico Museum of Art and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum own several of her works.
O'Keeffe's friend, western nature photographer Eliot Porter, died in Santa Fe.
Canyon Road, east of the Plaza, has the highest concentration of art galleries
in the city, and is a major destination for international collectors, tourists
and locals. The Canyon Road galleries showcase a wide array of contemporary,
Southwestern, indigenous American, and experimental art, in addition to Russian,
Taos Masters, and Native American pieces.
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