Quarai Mission Ruins - The Chapel
Mountainair, New Mexico
A 250 or 500-piece, artist signed jigsaw puzzle from the Artist Signature Series, titled Quarai Mission Ruins - The Chapel, features the breathtaking Quarai Mission Ruins of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, near Mountain Air and Punta de Agua, New Mexico. This thriving city is what Don Juan de Oñate found when he arrived at Quarai in 1598. The Quarai Mission and Convento were established at Quarai in 1626 overseen by Fray Juan Gutierrez de la Chica. Construction began on La Purisma Concepcion de Quarai in 1627 and continued to 1632. Curiously, within the newly built convento, a Square Kiva was built. Like the other Missions of Salinas Pueblo Missions, a combination of disease, drought, famine, and Apache raiding led to the abandonment of Quarai in 1678. Settlers would return to Quarai in the early 1800s constructing the Lucero Structures which included a defensive Torreon and the later Manzano Church.
The Wimberley Puzzle Company Artist Signature Series Jigsaw Puzzles are manufactured using the highest quality materials: including extra thick and durable puzzle board backing, premium professional Luster Photography Paper with a beautiful matte finish, and soft-touch finish for long-term protection and durability of your puzzle. And the Artist Signature Series? Each puzzle contains one special piece signed by the original artist.
We strive to use the highest quality materials in manufacturing our puzzles here at the Wimberley Puzzle Company - from the puzzle backing, to the print, and finally to the box we put everything in.
We offer two puzzle backing materials for you to choose from:
1/4" Baltic Birch
Our premium puzzle backing offering is 1/4" thick Baltic Birch imported from Europe. We chose Baltic Birch because of its consistency, quality and sustainability. The plies consist of 100% birch wood - meaning no fillers or unknown softwoods. Birch is an abundant and fast growing species of tree and this sustainability was part of our decision.
Our extrathick puzzleboard is comprised of 100% post-consumer recycled material for sustainability. It measures .08" inches thick, which is approximately twice as thick as a typical puzzle that you'll find at big box stores. Our heavyweight, luster photo paper measures .01" for a finished piece that is .09" thick. With high-quality materials comes extra durability. You'll feel the difference right out of the box.