Iglesia de la Compañía

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Puebla , Mexico
cnr Av Palafox y Mendoza & Calle 4 Sur
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This Jesuit church with a 1767 Churrigueresque facade is also called Espíritu Santo. Beneath the altar is a tomb said to be that of a 17th-century Asian princess who was sold into slavery in Mexico and later freed.

She was supposedly responsible for the colorful china poblana costume – a shawl, frilled blouse, embroidered skirt, and gold and silver adornments. This costume became a kind of ‘peasant chic’ in the 19th century. But china (chee-nah) also meant ‘maidservant,’ and the style may have evolved from Spanish peasant costumes.

Next door is the 16th-century Edificio Carolino , now the main building of Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.