Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y San Patricio

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Parroquia del Espiritu Santo y San Patricio[a]
Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y San Patricio.jpg
Locator map
Locator map
Location of Loíza and the church in Puerto Rico
Location Plaza de Loíza
Loíza, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°26′00″N 65°52′47″W / 18.433238°N 65.879610°W / 18.433238; -65.879610Coordinates: 18°26′00″N 65°52′47″W / 18.433238°N 65.879610°W / 18.433238; -65.879610
Built 1729
NRHP reference # 76002251
Added to NRHP September 8, 1976

The Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y San Patricio (English: Parish Church of the Holy Spirit and Saint Patrick), constructed in 1645, is one of Puerto Rico's oldest Catholic parish churches. It is located in the main plaza of the municipality of Loíza, Puerto Rico. The church represents an ethnically distinct community characterized by a rich Afro-Hispanic cultural and folk craft tradition. The structure's massive walls and buttresses helped the building withstand flood and hurricanes and likewise provided the people of Loíza with shelter from such natural disasters. The church, named after Saint Patrick, was enlarged to its present size in 1729.[1]

The church was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[2]

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  1. ^ The church's name is presented here without the accent on "Espíritu" in conformance with the usage in the church's National Register nomination form[1] and Federal Register announcement of listing.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tarr, Jashina Alexandra (July 12, 1976), National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: Parroquia del Espiritu Santo y San Patricio (PDF), retrieved January 7, 2016 .
  2. ^ a b "Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service: National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties", 44 FR 7416 (February 6, 1979), at p. 7581.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the National Park Service document "Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y San Patricio".