Also known as: Quarai State Monument
1 mi. S of Punta de Agua, Punta de Agua, New Mexico


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Street View 


The ruins here represent an important period in Southwestern history. Mission La Purisima Concepcion de Cuarac was built in 1629 and abandoned in 1674. The pueblo and mission here help to document the early period of Pueblo-Spanish contact. As the ecclesiastical headquarters of the Inquisition in New Mexico, they also played an important role in the controversies between Church and State of the 1600s. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 13, 1962

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Archeology - Prehistoric; Archeology - Aboriginal; Archeology - Non-Aboriginal
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Village site; Religious structure
Current functions
Museum; Park; Agricultural fields
Periods of significance
1499-1000 AD; 1749-1500 AD
Significant years
1200; 1675
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 3

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • December 22, 2014: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger