Santuario de Guadalupe

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Santuario de Guadalupe information

Morelia , Mexico
Av Vasco
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A standard baroque structure on the outside dating from 1708 to 1716, this hushed sanctuary to Mexico's patron saint is a different story within. Get ready for a glistening profusion of pink, blue and gold, gold, gold! Indeed, there’s so much color inside, it feels a little like an ornate Hindu temple.

Springing out of all this elaboration are a series of huge paintings depicting the conversion of the indiginous peoples to Christianity. They show scenes such as sacrifical victims about to be beheaded before being saved by the honest, God-fearing folk of Spain. Quite.

Beside the church, the much less splashy Ex-Convento de San Diego was built in 1761 as a monastery and now houses the law school of the Universidad Michoacana.