Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Remembering The Shrine Of Texas Liberty

We made it to The Alamo!  And during a selfie, Ed captured this lovely photo of us just as I was fixing my scarf.

Normally, I'm pretty interested in the historic sites we visit, but the Alamo just didn't do much for me.  We took the self-guided tour, walked around the grounds for a bit and read some of the plaques describing its history.  

The mission was founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries and was used for the education of local American Indians after their conversion to Christianity.  It is best known for being the location of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

No pictures were allowed inside of the chapel and we were told not to touch the walls.  The guard said the limestone reacts to the oils in people's skin and damages the structure.

The Wikipedia page about The Alamo provides a lot of information on the history of the complex if you're interested.

"According to Herbert Malloy Mason's Spanish Missions of Texas, the Alamo is one of "the finest examples of Spanish ecclesiastical building on the North American continent".  The mission, along with others located in San Antonio, is at risk from environmental factors, however. The limestone used to construct the buildings was taken from the banks of the San Antonio River. It expands when confronted with moisture and then contracts when temperatures drop, shedding small pieces of limestone with each cycle. Measures have been taken to partially combat the problem."

Here you can see the exterior of the building:

 Wrought iron lamp on one of the garden arches in the complex.
 Side exit of the church.
The front side of the mission.
The Alamo is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Texas and sees almost 3 million visitors each year. Even in the rain, people are still remembering The Alamo.

The Independent Travel Cats put together a great guide for visiting and other information on The Alamo.  Check out their post here.  

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2017: This Is Everything
2016: Shocking
2015: Waiting For Turistas
2014: The Still Before The Storm
2013: Sizzle, Drizzle, And Pour
2012: Dreams Explored Over Dinner
2011: I’m In Love And It’s Not Even Valentine’s Day Yet
2010: Eddie As Fisherman Friday
2009: Birds And Barbells On Muscle Beach
2008: A Girl On The Shores Of Cozumel
2007: I’m Not Exactly Sure What You’re Proposing Here
2006: The Blizzard Of 2006
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

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