san miguel – oldest church in the US

San Miguel Church is known as the oldest church in the US.  Built between approximately 1610 and 1626. It has 16th century animal hide paintings and 18th century wooden altar screen. It has been rebuilt and restored several times over the last 400 years.

The bell inside the church was formed in the ground. They poured the metal into the ground and used a carved tree trunk in the center to form the bell. The inscription on the bell is “SAN JOSE ROGAD POR NOSOTROS AGOSTO 9 DE 1356/1856″. This translates to “St. Joseph Pray for us August 9th, 1356/1856”.

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