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“Peace in a place of tragedy” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Presidio La Bahia

Presidio La Bahia
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Goliad
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Spanish fort built in 1749 and the site of a famous massacre.
Vancouver, Canada
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118 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Peace in a place of tragedy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Can not add much to the review by Brooklet425 below but as a non Texan history buff this was a real find. Have been to the Alamo and knew its story but really did not know of the significance of this Presidio to Texas and US history. Armed struggles can bring out the best and worst in people. Nowadays we just learn about it almost instantaneously. The church of the presidio has been in use since the 1700's. It is quiet, simple in its beauty and feels very peaceful in this place of great tragedy.

Visited October 2013
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Hewitt, Texas
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Every Texas history buff should visit this place. Six Flags Over Texas? Nine flags have flown over Presidio La Bahia, including a couple I don't remember from 7th grade history. It was a very moving experience for me, much more than the Alamo was. It's well worth the trip and the time.
Be sure and visit the Fannin Battleground park just 9 miles away. The little visitor's center there is very well done and does a great job explaining the Battle of Coleto Creek.

Visited September 2013
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Berclair, TX
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Put the Alamo on the back burner - see this place first!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

This Presidio sits on a hill on undeveloped grounds almost as it was in the 1700's. It's a stunning structure. The museum is newly remodeled and loaded with interesting artifacts in well-designed exhibits. Allow a few hours for this tour.

Visited March 2013
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“a look at tx history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

An interesting walk through history. This was the sight of the Gonzalez Massacre and where Col Fannin was executed. The chapel is still in use today.

Visited September 2013
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Goliad, Texas
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76 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Fully Restored Presidio”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Growing up with this presidio in my "backyard" made me take it's importance for granted. But, as a teacher, I found out how valuable the history preserved here is to our education and appreciation of our state. When you visit the presidio, ask for a tour guide who can tell you all the stories about the horrible treatment of the 400 men who gave their lives for our freedom. It's a humbling experience.

Visited April 2013
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