Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mosaic Monday/Mexico Monday: Parrocchia

Here is my contribution for


Images of San Miguel de Allende's Parrocchia © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian.

One of the most recognizable landmarks
of San Miguel de Allende is the city's Parrocchia,
one of the many parish churches rather than a basilica.

It has a neo-Gothic facade clad in a beautiful pink stone
and its fanciful appearance has reminded some of
Disney creations.  

The church was built in the 17th century 
with a more conventional exterior, but "redecorated"
in 1880 by Zeferino Gutierrez. 

He was an indigenous bricklayers and 
self-taught architect who was shown 
postcards and lithographs of European 
cathedrals in the Gothic style 
and asked if he could replicate the look.

The resulting revision -- which reclad
the exterior walls of the church --
is his own interpretation
rather than a copycat cathedral. 
The interior of the Parrocchia is quite traditional.

We were lucky to be touring 

on the one day each year 
when the church's crypt was open for visits. 
The crypt contains the remains 
of former bishops of the church and other dignitaries, including a former president of Mexico.


eileeninmd said...

Wonderful mosaic and photos. What a beautiful church!

EG Wow said...

Majestic! Many years ago I was fortunate to see men chipping away at pink rock to create a new cathedral in Zacatecas, Mexico. I never did see the inside of the building but the outside was magnificent.

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful mosaic! So colorful. I love the glass!

Ebie said...

I love your mosaic. The church is pretty and I love the stained glass window!

Happy MM.

Mosaic Monday

GrandmaK said...

Very beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving! Cathy

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

What a wonderful place. How lucky you were to visit.

ellen b. said...

How fortunate that you toured the church on this day. Wonderful mosaic!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Remarkable images and gorgeous mosaic!!!

Vee said...

Very interesting background story... And how serendipitous to be there on that one day of the year...

deb did it said...

this is a beautiful mosaic representing those beautiful images our eyes feasted upon in SM, and thanks for the info about the Parrocchia!

Stephanie said...

It's just the most lovely building!! and so incredible how it changes in every light.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Lovely mosaic! You were lucky to be there the day the crypt was opened for viewing.

Mary said...

What a wonderful and fanciful church! thanks so much for sharing at MM. :)