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Presidio La Bahia

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Address: Goliad, TX
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Spanish fort built in 1749 and the site of a famous massacre.

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the church

The church is beautiful the only regret I had it said to have silence on the sign a tour came in and the peace wasn't there other than that all was great places to sit bring... read more

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Port Aransas, Texas
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Port Aransas, Texas
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11 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The church is beautiful the only regret I had it said to have silence on the sign a tour came in and the peace wasn't there other than that all was great places to sit bring water it can get very hot once out doors

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Austin, Texas
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237 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After touring the presidio and hearing the story of the Texas Revolution and the Goliad Massacre told on this sacred ground, I regret that I didn't visit decades ago when I was actually teaching Texas history. The grounds, chapel, and fort are meticulously preserved. For anyone interested in the story of Texas, this site shouldn't be missed. I actually enjoyed... More 

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Austin, Texas
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173 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

La Bahia (you'll have to visit to find out why a place a long way from the ocean is called "The Bay") was restored by engaged local citizens who went the extra mile to ensure that what they did was in conformity with the place at the time presented. Amazingly, the Fort/Mission remain the property of the Catholic Church! There's... More 

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Thank John H
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1749 restored Spanish fort. Good museum. 1779 Catholic chapel. Amazing piece of history. A must see.

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Rockwall, Texas
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented the Priests quarters for a night. I locked us all out! My Bad! So if you go listen very carefully about how the locks on the doors work. The experience was great and it is a perfect stop on your way to corpus Christi. The sleeping quarters were not the best, But the place was built in the... More 

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Cuero, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were at the Presidio for the annual Reenactment of the Goliad Massacre. The Presidio, an old Spanish fort remains in near perfect and original condition, due mainly to the fact that it escaped the battle, and being blown up in the Texas Revolution of 1836. Very busy on this weekend, with the Texas Army there. Visitors can actually rent... More 

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is a history lovers paradise. I love the Alamo, but to be able to see a fort/mission with all its walls still standing is fantastic. It is a quiet and somber place, knowing the events that transpired there. There are markers around to point out historical events as well as a great little museum telling the history of the... More 

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Thank fire26man
Beaumont, Texas
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This was an interesting piece of Texas history. The grounds and chapel were lovely to tour and nicely interpreted and maintained. This should be of interest to anyone interested in history or Texas history.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Awesome to tour the old Spanish mission from the 1700's and understand how towns clung to them during early settlement as they formed. Next step is there use as safe houses used by local residents and garrisons during times of conflict in the early 1800's. The activity around the mission during the Texas Revolution is tragic but a HUGE part... More 

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Goliad, Texas
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

In this chapel you feel tranquility and relaxation. The painting behind the altar is just beautiful of Mother Mary and Angel Gabriel.

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