El Paso Missions ~ San Elizario
During my friend Kara's visit this summer with her son Jeverett, we went all over El Paso and in parts of New Mexico exploring the area, the museums, the gardens, and the El Paso Missions. On her last day here, we took it easy and strolled through 3 different Spanish Missions. The original missions were established in the early 1800's but were destroyed by the Rio Grande flooding in 1829. Each mission has been rebuilt and each has it's own architectural style and history of the different Indian tribes who had settled here. This mission provided protection for those traveling through the area and those wishing to establish a new settlement. The San Elizario was by far the most beautiful in it's decor. On the outside, it's just another adobe mission much like the others. The inside, however was gorgeous!