Iglesia San Blas de Illescas

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Church San Blas de Illescas of Coamo
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Location Mario Braschi Street, Town Plaza
Coamo, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°04′51″N 66°21′22″W / 18.080702°N 66.356228°W / 18.080702; -66.356228Coordinates: 18°04′51″N 66°21′22″W / 18.080702°N 66.356228°W / 18.080702; -66.356228
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1661
Architectural style Spanish Colonial-Latin American Baroque Revival
MPS Historic Churches of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP Reference # 84000463[1]
Added to NRHP December 10, 1984

The Iglesia San Blas de Illescas (English: Church of Saint Blaise of Illescas) is a Catholic parish church located on the center plaza of Coamo, Puerto Rico. Construction on the church began in 1661; it has since been judged "one of the most important works of religious architecture in Puerto Rico".[2]

The church is separated from the open plaza below by a series of ceremonial steps and a delicate cast iron balustrade. The delicately curved Baroque facade reflects a major reconstruction completed in 1784. A two-level bell-gable with open arches and bells is prominently featured in the facade. The parish of San Blas of Coamo is one of the oldest on the island.[2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Church of San Blas de Illescas of Coamo
  3. ^ Ester Cardona and Marisa Gomez (1984). "Church San Blas de Illescas of Coamo" (PDF).  with 8 photos
  4. ^ Historic Churches of Puerto Rico TR

 This article incorporates public domain material from the National Park Service document "Church of San Blas de Illescas of Coamo".