Templo de la Purísima Concepción
Taller de Platería
Just up the street from the Templo de la Purísima Concepción there is a local silver workshop, Taller de Platería .
Centro Cultural de Real de Catorce
Opposite the church's facade, the Centro Cultural de Real de Catorce, the old mint, made coins for 14 months (1,489,405 pesos-worth to...
Galería Vega m57
Real's only dedicated art gallery hosts exhibitions and installations of contemporary work in a variety of media in a restored colonial...
Amor Y Paz
Real's reputation as a ghost town may in part be due to the fact that its residents and visitors are often all hiding out here at this...
Open all day, this airy, Swiss-run spot is perfect for breakfasts, freshly-baked cakes and light meals including excellent crepes. The...
Templo de la Purísima Concepción information
This charming parroquia (parish church) is an impressive neoclassical building. The attraction for thousands of Mexican pilgrims is the reputedly miraculous image of St Francis of Assisi, displayed at the front of the church. A cult has grown up around the statue, whose help is sought in solving problems and cleansing sins.
Walk through the door to the left of the altar to find a roomful ofretablos, small pictures depicting threatening situations from which St Francis has rescued the victim, with a brief description of the incident – car accidents and medical operations, for example – and some words of gratitude. Retablos have become much sought after by collectors and are very occasionally seen in antique shops. Sadly, most of those on sale have been stolen from churches.