Built in 1755, Mission Concepción is the country's oldest unrestored church. It took 20 years to complete.
Backstory and Context
The integrity of the church and convento roofs at Mission Concepción prevented the deterioration of many fine examples of frescos. This tediously applied art form covered the front of the church and most of the church and convento interiors. Today only four rooms clearly show remnants of these colorful designs painted over 250 years ago.
While many of the existing frescos are simply decorative, several are symbolic. The most famous fresco, located on the convento room ceiling, is a possible depiction of God as a mestizo.
Snell, Charles. "Mission Concepción." Nationa Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings. October 15, 1966. https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/70000740/70000740_NHL.pdf.
Photo: Travis Witt, via Wikimedia Commons