Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Most Americans are familiar with the historic Texas Alamo and the legendary Davy Crockett. What most people do not know is that the Alamo was the last of five Catholic missions established along a seven mile stretch of land in San Antonio, Texas. I did not know this until I had the chance to visit San Antonio and learned of the San Antonio Missions,which are part of the National Park Service. One of the  missions, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo contains a beautiful window named “La Ventana de Rosa” or the Rose Window.

Rose Window Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas

The window sculpted during the late 1770s, is considered one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in North America. The meaning behind the name is unknown, but legend has it named for Rosa, the betrothed of Juan Huizar who many believe created the window.

For quite some time it was thought that the proper name for the Rose Window might be Rosa’s Window, in honor of a story that has been embroidered for generations. In the most elaborate version, a noted Spanish sculptor named Pedro Huizar, charged with carving a religious window at San José, instead used his considerable talent to carve a monument to his lovely sweetheart, Rosa. When the window was complete, he sent for his love—who died in a shipwreck on her way to New Spain. Huizar spent the rest of his life celibate and penitent, carving the religious portal above the entrance to the church. http://www.texasmonthly.com/content/texas-primer-rose-window

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San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo

The other missions:

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Mission Concepcion

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Mission Espada

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Mission San Juan



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