San Dionisio Church Ruins

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San Dionisio Church Ruins
San Dionisio Church Ruins - Umatac, Guam - DSC00934.JPG
San Dionisio Church Ruins is located in Guam
San Dionisio Church Ruins
Location Rte. 2, Umatac, Guam
Coordinates 13°17′51″N 144°39′39″E / 13.29750°N 144.66083°E / 13.29750; 144.66083Coordinates: 13°17′51″N 144°39′39″E / 13.29750°N 144.66083°E / 13.29750; 144.66083
Area 0.6 acres (0.24 ha)
Built 1862
NRHP reference # 74002037[1]
Added to NRHP August 30, 1974

The San Dionisio Church Ruins are a historic ruins on Route 2 in Umatac, Guam. They are the remains of a church that was built in 1862 and destroyed by an earthquake in 1892. It was built out of manposteria (coral stone mixed with lime mortar), and the surviving elements including buttresses rising to a height of 13 feet (4.0 m). The ruins are the only surviving remnant of the Spanish colonial headquarters complex that stood in this area.[2] The first San Dionisio Church was constructed in 1681, but rebuilt after a fire three years later. That church was destroyed in 1849 by an earthquake, and portions may have been used in construction of the 1862 building. A new church was built in 1939.[3] The ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for San Dionisio Church Ruins" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
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