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The village of Cordova is in Rio Arriba county and is at an elevation of 6955 feet. Cordova was initially settled between 1725 and 1743. Originally this town was called Pueblo Quemado (Burned Pueblos). When a post office was established there in 1900 the name was changed to Cordova, the name of a prominent family among the early residents. San Francisco Javier was the community's first patron saint, but by 1781 he had been replaced by San Antonio de Padua. The village did not have a community church unitl 1832. Don Bernardo Abeyta, the man who provided the funds to build El Santuario de Chimayo, also provided funds to construct San Antonio Church.

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