Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Our Lady of Guadalupe

One of the highlights of our trip to Puerto Vallarta was seeing the famous Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The church is one of the more popular destinations for tourists to the city.

The church is one of the most beautiful churches I've seen. The outside features a crown atop the tower, modeled after the tiara of the mistress of the Emporor Maximilian. In a 1995 earthquake, the crown was damaged, and has been replaced with a replica.

One interesting feature of the church is the missing bricks on the exterior. Our tour-guide, Jorge, explained that there is a great battle between the politicians of Mexico and the church. He explained that the government retains the right to take ownership of any church 18 months after it is completed. For this reason, the church has been built with bricks missing on the exterior, so that it is not actually completed. So even after 100 years, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is still under construction.

The interior of the church features beautiful hand carved statues. Above the alter are 4 paintings depicting the various eras of the Mexican church. One features the bloody human sacrifices of the early Mayans, while another shows a loving Jesus Christ.

While it was extremely hot and humid, I must say our walk to the church was an enjoyable one, and I was very impressed with this beautiful church.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I recently visited this very church on a visit to Mexico,
and took some photos for a school project i am trying to complete.

I was just wondering if you had any further photos of the church, and in particular the inside that you could post up as it would be so very helpful.

Thank you very much : )