The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Cuernavaca Cathedral 2.


The cathedral, began life as a Franciscan friary, fortress-like complex. The side portal of the church has a fine colonial-Plateresque façade with, above the gable, the symbols of a crown, cross, skull and bones framed by an alfiz.



Detail, for Kate.



The Chapel of the Third Order, at the rear of the monastery building, has a very typical Mexican Baroque façade, embellished with a small figure representing Hernán Cortés. Like the chapel's lovely carved wooden altar (1735), the façade shows strong Indian influence.



The gilded 18th century altarpiece, restored and in beautiful condition, it is one of the few colonial baroque retablos to survive both the neoclassical vogue that swept through many churches in the region during the late 1700s and early 1800s.



In front, The Chapel of St. Jude Thaddeus.

10 comments :

Kate said...

These photos are stunningly beautiful! There's a reason why I love México!! Your sound effects are particularly appropriate for this post. Thank you!! I suggest you might consider sending some of the photos to Marie of Doorways Around the World: mariemcc303-doorways@yahoo.com. Check out her site, too. It's listed on my site and you'll see some beautiful doors, gates, entrances! And yours would be a wonderful addition! PS. Plus Marie loves your country!

Nazzareno said...

¡Una fachada austera y misteriosa ... así diferente del altar barroco!
P.S.Riguardo a las fotos anteriores, está de acuerdo con fenix

ERIC said...

Esta última foto está espectacular por el cielo, le da un toque de misterio difernte. Lástima de los coches aparcados en la puerta, me hacen regresar del viaje al pasado que realizaba mientras veía el resto de detalles.
Saludos,
Eric.

travelphilippines said...

ohh wow very nice

Sonia said...

Stunning, breathtaking facade! I am absolutely without words!

Carraol said...

Kate, Sonia, Nazzareno, Eric, TravelP, Thank you very much for your words, its most appreciated! Kate, I'll try to find something really good and thanks for your advice. Eric, si es verdaderamente increible que parte del atrio de una catedral lo conviertan en estacionamiento. Saludos.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Mira, amigo, con esta serie de fotos ya no hay quien me detenga, el próximo año visito tu hermosa ciudad!

Carraol said...

Hola Fenix, que bueno que sirvan estas imagenes para invitar a gente interesada en conocer nuestro pais, la ciudad en si tiene mucho que ofrecer, pero ademas en sus alrededores ( no mas de 3 horas por carretera como maximo ) hay infinidad de sitios interesantes que conocer, para citar solo unos pocos: Hacia el oriente, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Cholula, Huejotzingo. Al Norte, Teotihuacan, Acolman, Pachuca, Molango. Al Oeste, Toluca, Tenango, Calixtlahuaca, El Oro. Al Sur Cuernavaca, Tepoztlan, Xochicalco, Taxco, Cacahuamilpa, etc. Asi que hay que venir con tiempo y energia. Muchas gracias por tu visita y siempre seras bienvenida. Saludos.

Osselin said...

Great picture without cars (in my opinion with all my respect of course)

Carraol said...

Osselin, gracias por el comentario, si es una lastima que permitan usar el atrio de una catedral como estacionamiento, pero al ver esta fachada no me pude resistir.

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