Description from the publisher
Loiza parish's Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y San Patricio represents an ethically distinct community characterized by a rich Afro-Hispanic cultural and folk craft tradition. The church building, constructed in 1645, is one of Puerto Rico's oldest churches. The church's massive walls and buttresses helped the building withstand flood and hurricanes and likewise provided the people of Loiza with shelter from such natural disasters. The church, named after Saint Patrick, was enlarged to its present size in 1729.