Since the construction of San Estevan del Rey Mission in the early 1600s, the kivas of the Acoma Pueblo people, which were their traditional structures used for religious purposed have largely been restored. That being said, the San Estevan Church is still utilized for religious purposes at festival time and special occasions. When it is not being used for religious purposes it is used as a tourist attraction and an admission fee is charged to enter the church and take photographs. According to my more contemporary secondary sources, these functions remain the same to this day.

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    Evan Neal

    As an architecture major learning more about the religion of the Pueblo people, the Spanish influence on their religious architecture was an interesting avenue to take the research down. The Acoma village has, “the finest and most impressive of the Spanish Colonial Mission churches in New Mexico,” so was a perfect fit for my research.