Colonial- and Mission-Era Mexican Outdoor Chapels

Posted April 3, 2017 7:12 pm by Peter Kwasniewski

Colonial- and Mission-Era Mexican Outdoor Chapels

A reader of NLM who had seen my various posts on outdoor Masses (see here, here, and here) wrote to me about a fascinating piece of architectural history that deserves to be better known.A number of colonial- and mission-era churches in Mexico were constructed with outdoor chapels attached to the main church building. These chapels consist of the altar and sanctuary only, inset into the main structure and thus out of the elements, with the congregation assembled in the open air outside. Dr. Robert H. Jackson discusses these chapels in the Boletín, the journal of the California Mission Studies Association (now

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