Monasteries in the ancient times were built to bring people of similar religious affiliations together to worship their creator. The oldest Catholic monasteries in the world were built several centuries ago. This was soon after man’s civilization and realization of the existence of God. The structure of monasteries was different from the structure of modern churches. The USA was one of the earliest countries in which monasteries were built. The following are 5 oldest Catholic monasteries in the US.
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista This is one of the oldest Roman Catholic monasteries built in the territory of Puerto Rico in the Northern America. It is the second oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in America. The original building was made of wood and its construction took place in 1521 but it was destroyed by a hurricane followed by the construction of an existing structure which took place in 1540. Since its construction, this monastery has been reshaped several times until 1917 when it was last reshaped.
Porta Coelin Monastery This monastery serves as one of the most famous tourist attraction centers in the US. It was constructed in 1531 after a decree by Empress Isabel demanded 200 decades to be given to the Dominican priest so as to assist in building the monastery. This was meant to have Ordered in the Town of San German in the present-day American territory.
San Miguel Mission Chapel The building of San Miguel began in the 1600s but was completed in 1710. The initial adobe walls and its altar were built by Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico under the direction from Franciscan friars intended to serve a small congregation of laborers, soldiers, and Indians who lived in Analco Barrio.
San Estevan Del Rey Mission Church This is another monastery that has been in existence since 1629 when its construction was initiated. It was completed in 1641. The kind architectural style used to build this Spanish mission church is quite unique from most churches in the US. In 1970, the monastery was declared a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Church of Saint Blaise of Illescas Also known as Iglesia San Blas de Illescas, the Church of Saint Blaise of Illescas is a Catholic parish monastery that was constructed in 1661 and since then it has been considered one of the most important work of religious architecture in Puerto Rico. Presently, there is a series of delicately curved Baroque which is a manifestation of a major reconstruction that was completed in 1784.
Conclusion In general, the above described Catholic monasteries are important religious and historical symbols in America. They contain a lot of information regarding religion in ancient times thus they are great places to visit.