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Mission Espiritu Santo features diversity in architecture
by By Beth Ellis, Goliad State Park Ranger II
Jul 02, 2013 | 568 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This is the covered portico at Mission Espiritu Santo with its associated arches.
This is the covered portico at Mission Espiritu Santo with its associated arches.
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Nothing is more visually emblematic of Hispanic influence in the New World than Spanish Colonial architecture.

Deeply rooted in the Old World, the origins of this style go back for millennia. A quick inspection reveals the echoes of the Roman Empire in its arches, building facades, shadowed porches, and hidden gardens.

Moorish elements announce their presence in its beautifully ornate tile work and the emphasis on tranquil privacy.

And finally, the European Middle Ages can be detected in its imposing fortress monasteries and missions.

This first article of a multi-part series will highlight the contributions of Classical Rome to Spanish Colonial architecture with examples from Mission Espiritu Santo being used by way of illustration.

See the rest of the story in this week's Advance-Guard.
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