Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chichi Chapel

USA US-1881056 received 09-30-2012

Sent by: beetlebug62533
From: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
ID number: US-1881056
Notes: This is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It was built in 1826 as the Church of St. Anthony of Padua to serve as a burial church for victims of yellow fever.  It is the oldest surviving church building in New Orleans.  In 1918, it was renamed for Our Lady of Guadalupe.  No word on what St. Anthony of Padua did to get demoted.  At first I was kind of bemused by the fact that the mural behind the statues looks so shiny and glittery, but then I remembered it was New Orleans.  This church has held "jazz" masses, for heavens sake.  Ha ha.  A little over-the-top decoration is to be expected.  

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