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The Jemez State Monument is a state monument in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. It is best known for its exquisite vistas and the unique ruins of the old Gisewa Pueblo.

The Jemez State Monument traces its history back to the 14th century when the Jemez people decided to build villages in the area. They named the valley village ?Giusewa? because it had several hot springs around. Life in the village continued up until the Spanish colonizers arrived in the state of New Mexico in the 17th century. They built a mission in the valley village, known as the San Jose de los Jemez, which was later burned down after the locals were asked to convert to Catholicism.

What remains of the old village can be found in the Jemez State Monument today.
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