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La Morada de Garcia

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c. 1860. West of Costilla County C, .15 mile north of Costilla County B

This stuccoed adobe hall, a gathering place for members of the Penitente sect, has been reinforced with a concrete apron and buttresses. The gable roof is sheathed in metal, with adobe gable ends. The L configuration shelters a statue of Jesus dragging a cross. The Penitentes, an all-male sect once outlawed by the Catholic Church for their practice of extreme penance with self-flagellation and even crucifixions, have in recent years been accepted as a social, political, and spiritual fraternity. This reconciliation, aimed at encouraging men to participate in church activities, is demonstrated by this morada's location next to Sacred Heart Church.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel



Thomas J. Noel, "La Morada de Garcia", [San Luis, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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