Above: Full moon rising over la Parroquia de Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato
Having blogged much about churches in Guanajuato in the past, am simply posting a few random shots from this most recent trip. Churches were fulfilling their roles, too occupied by the faithful attending services – sadly a high number of funeral masses this time around – for intrusions by wandering visitors snapping photographs of soaring ceilings and intimate altars.
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Above, Bells at the Top of the Facade of the Santiago Church in Merida
Under supervision of Spanish architects, Mayan laborers began building the Cathedral of Merida in 1562 with stones pillaged from one of their own temples. The cathedral was finished before the close of the 16th century and dedicated to the new outpost’s patron saint, San Ildefonso of Toledo (607-667).
As Ildefonso was conducting Mass in his role of Bishop of Toledo, Spain, brilliant light suddenly illuminated the entire church. Many of the celebrants fled in fear, but those who remained witnessed the Virgin Mary herself descend and enthrone herself at the altar. Grateful for his devotion and defense of her purity, she even gifted him with a splendid vestment, a chasuble, from her own son’s wardrobe. His association with the miraculous illumination must provide Merida with extra excuses to set off fireworks on his feast day, January 23.
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She-Wolf and Oak Tree, Symbols of Lecce, on the Façade of the Church of Saint Irene
Baroque churches of Lecce are filled with putti frolicking amidst birds and pomegranates, twisting Solomonic columns covered with intricate lacelike carvings, images of saints and some of their bones.
The patron of Lecce, Saint Orontius, atop the Cathedral
Altar dedicated to Saint Anthony
Church of Saint Irene, Chiesa de Sant’Irene
Baroque well in the cloisters of the Seminary Palace
statue and reqliquary of Saint Bernardino Realino in Chiesa del Gesu
Church of Saint Matthew, Chiesa di San Matteo
Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral on left
Saint Orontius in Diocesan Museum
Bell tower adjacent to Cathedral
Altar to Saint Anthony
keys to city presented to reliquary of Saint Bernardino Realino in Chiesa del Gesu