San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Rose Window / Ventana de Rosa
No one knows why this intricate carving is now called "the Rose Window." Possibly dedicated to Saint Rose, its baroque beauty is entangled in many San Antonio legends that whisper of its mystery.
The artistry lavished on the church wall facing you hints that it served as a portal to important events. Perhaps once a year, on the feast day of Saint Rose, a priest displayed the Eucharist to the congregation gathered outside. Church records, however, are silent as to both whose hands created the famed window and why.
Early last century, a legend appeared linking a Spaniard, Pedro Huizar, to the Rose Window. His fiancée, Rosa, had perished while sailing from Spain to join him. Legend says that Huizar carved this masterpiece in her memory, and that Rosa's spirit visited him here on the day he finished the work.
Nadie sabe por qué este tallado tan lujo se llama "la Ventana de Rosa." Posiblemente dedicada a Santa Rosa, su belleza barroca se enreda en unas leyendas de San Antonio que hablan de sus misterios.
La artensania elaborada en la pared
A los principios del último siglo, surgío una leyenda que vinculó un español, Pedro Huizar, con la Ventana de Rosa. Su novia, Rosia, falleció en alta mar durante su viaje de España para reunirse con el. Cuenta la leyenda que Huizar talló esta obra maestra como recuerdo de ella, y que el espíritu de Rosa le visitó aquí en el día en que la terminó.
Erected by National Park Service, Southwestern Bell Foundation, Los Compadres, and Southwest Parks & Monuments Association.
Location. 29° 21.73′ N, 98° 28.789′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is inside the Mission San Jose compound, part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2202 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio TX 78210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Convento / El convento (within shouting distance of this marker); The Church / La iglesia (within Mission San José / La Misión de San José (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Quarters / Habitaciones de los Indios (about 400 feet away); The Mission Road / El Camino de las Misiones (about 600 feet away); San Antonio Missions / Las misiones de San Antonio (about 700 feet away); Mission San Francisco de la Espada (approx. 3½ miles away); Carl Hilmar Guenther House (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . . San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Hispanic Americans • Man-Made Features • Native Americans
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,640 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on August 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.