History and Legends of the Alamo; And Other Missions in and Around San Antonio

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General Books, 2009 - Literary Collections - 134 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...same admirable proportions as the other missions. The houses of the Indians form a closed square with those of the ministers and with the Church. The Church is very beautiful and worthy of a large population. It has been constructed with arches of rough sandstone, there being an abundant quarry at the gate of the courtyard. The sacristy is well supplied with ornaments and sacred vessels, and in every respect the Church is properly adorned. The priests' house is low, with arched roofs, and conveniently partitioned. The mission is ministered to by Fathers Fray Francisco Lopez and Fray Mariano Vazconceles." The Church of this mission is the best preserved of all tlve mission Churches of Texas. It fronts due west, is built in the form of a cross with the "twin towers" forming two wings at the foot of the cross, and is grand and imposing. The arched stone roof is composed of a series of arches; and over the chancel a beautiful Moorish dome rises graceful in outline though massive and plain. The choir loft is intact and is entered from the outside, on the south side of the Church. The choir loft of this Church is a duplicate of the Church of the Alamo, except that the latter was entered from the north side by way of the gallery of the main building of the mission, or Alamo Fort. The acoustics of this Church are perfect, and the singing by the little orphan boys from the orphanage near by, when special services are held there, is wonderfully sweet and ef-A Corner in the Sacristy. fective. The general design of this Church is identical with that of the Church of the Alamo, except that here the sacristy is on the south side while that of the Church of the Alamo is on the north. The square and barracks have entirely disappeared, but the part of the arcaded...

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