For San Antonio's Mexican-American community, the Ximenes Chapel holds important cultural and religious significance. It has long been a place for pilgrimage and prayer. Many who have worshipped here have claimed have had their prayers answered and as a result, the chapel is known as the "Chapel of Miracles." It was originally built probably in the mid-19th century. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed it in the 1920s but it was rebuilt. Another fired severely damaged it in 2014 but it has since reopened. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Backstory and Context
Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/80004080/80004080.pdf.
Levy, Abe. "Pilgrims feel loss of San Antonio chapel's closure." San Antonio Express-News. Apr 20, 2014. http://www.theeagle.com/news/texas/pilgrims-feel-loss-of-san-antonio-chapel-s-closure/article_88ba92...
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