Armando Alvarez spent a May 1998 Saturday morning discussing his interpretation
of the diverse groups of people who traveled El Camino Reál
through history. His vision is reflected in the above sculptures,
at the bottom of Tomé Hill (in Area
1). The sculptures include a 25-foot high arch and life-sized
figures representing the people who traveled the corridor, from Native
Americans of the pre-sixteenth century to railroaders of the 1880s.
sculpture, La Puerta del Sol, is part of "El Camino Reál–Cultural
Corridors Public Art on Scenic Highways" project. Funding
for the sculpture came from Federal Highway Administration Enhancement
funds, New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department, New
Mexico Arts Division, Valencia County and Valley Improvement Association.
atop Tomé Hill stand the three crosses of a calvario.
A sacred service is held there on Good Friday of each year.
excellent brochure about historic and sacred Tomé Hill is
here to go to the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce web site.
La Puerta del Sol, August 2001