Ranchos de Taos, NM This is the front exterior of the famous, most photographed, most painted, church. It was built between 1772 and 1816 and is now a National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Church. It's interesting to look at old photos of the front of the church (see Wikipedia) because the statue of St. Francis isn't there. I don't know when that was added. Interestingly, it's the rear exterior of the church which is most often featured in photos and paintings.