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Taos Pueblo, Taos, NM

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Taos Pueblo, Taos, NM

At the base of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this multistoried compound, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the country’s best-preserved (and continuously inhabited) Pueblo Indian settlements, built before 1400. Its ceremonial buildings and individual homes are built from adobe—bricks made from earth mixed with straw and water—and connected as if a single dwelling. While the homes share walls, they are not connected on the interior, and per tribal tradition, do not have electricity or running water. —Lyndsey Matthews

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