Cataldo Mission

I shared visiting the Parish House at Old Mission State Park in this blog post.

Today, I am sharing photos of the Mission of the Sacred Heart.  This is the oldest building in Idaho.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

“In 1850, the church was taken over by Italian Jesuit missionary Antonio Ravalli, who began designing the new mission building. He had the building constructed by the Indians themselves, so they would feel part of the church. It was built using the wattle and daub method, and finished some three years later without using nails.”

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

“Though they had few materials to decorate the church, they used ingenious techniques to beautify it. The walls were decorated with fabric bought from the Hudson’s Bay Company and hand-painted newspaper from Philadelphia that Fr. Ravalli had received in the mail. Tin cans were used to create an idea of chandeliers. Both wooden statues were carved by hand by Fr. Rivalli with nothing but a knife and we’re intended to look like marble. The blue coloring of the interior wood is not paint but a stain created by pressing local huckleberries into the wood.”

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

This is a beautiful place to visit!

4 responses to “Cataldo Mission

  1. What a fascinating piece of history, thanks for sharing this!

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  2. Very interesting. It’s amazing how creative people are when resources are limited.

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    • It puts those to shame who insist on having it all or their project can’t be done. I’ve gone huckleberry picking many a time, and I know how much work that is just to get enough for a couple of pies, let alone gathering enough to decoratively paint with! 🙂

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