Two chapels

Driving through Goliad on our way to Austin a couple of weekends ago, I thought back to our last visit to the Presidio La Bahia and Goliad State Park two years ago. 

Both places have fascinated me since I was a kid, and only the San José Mission in San Antonio beckons as strongly. 

Every time I visit I always wonder, If these places could speak, what would they say?

Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahia

Our Lady of Loreto has been at its present location since 1749.  The chapel, now a mission of Immaculate Conception Church and part of the Diocese of Victoria, continues to celebrate Sunday Mass at 5:00 P.M.

Moreover, the priests’ quarters, which initially housed military officers, were turned into a two-bedroom apartment that can be rented on a nightly basis, according to an online source. 

Wouldn’t it be great to spend the night?  What an adventure that would be!

      

                

      

   

Mission Nuestra Señora del Espiritu Santo de Zuñiga

The mission, built in 1722, was moved from the Matagorda Bay area to its present location in 1749.  However, the existing structure at the Goliad State Park is a reconstruction dating back to the 1930s, since the original was almost entirely destroyed by the hurricane of 1886.

                

               

               

               

            

Links of interest…  Goliad: 250th birthday bash / about / attractions / history / massacre reenactment (video) / Palm Sunday, 1836 / tourism / video (YouTube)…  Goliad State Park: about / mission / official video (YouTube) / photos / state park…  Presidio La Bahia: about / award / brief look (YouTube) / facebook / fort tour / history / landmark…  Our Lady of Loreto Chapel: historic mission / national park / photo album (more) / quarters / restored / South TX site / Spanish mission / two videos (YouTube) / website
…  Texas: day by day / highways (more) / parks & wildlife

WP posts…  Dunes chapel…  Dunes chapel redux…  Elvis moment…  Goliad chapels revisited…  In the pink…  Memory lane…  Painted churches…  Prayers and blessings
…  St. Peregrine relic…  Stella Maris…  The third charm

2 Responses

  1. I again admired these splendid photos in your lovely post. In first part the fresco was gorgeous. Is it painted?

    In the second part, I was interested to see the pulpit. Pulpits don’t look the same in our world. Sometimes they are very simple, sometimes very artistic.

    I think that you have not seen what the “Pulpits in Finland” look like.

    Happy Friday!

    • Hello, Matti! Happy Saturday!

      Steven and I were in Nacogdoches, the oldest city in Texas, when you left your gracious comment.

      To answer your question, yes. The fresco was painted. Beautiful, isn’t it? The links at the end of the post have information about Goliad, in case you’re interested in learning more about the mission and the church. Goliad is truly a historic legacy for us, since battles for independence were fought there.

      As for the pulpits, you’re absolutely right. Ours are certainly different from the uniquely ornate pulpits in Finland. And, yes! I sure did visit your post! Wouldn’t have missed it, as your photographs are so real that I feel like I’m there in person.

      Thanks ever so much for leaving the link for me to visit your post… and for your thoughtfulness in commenting on mine.

      Hugsss to both you and Anja…

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