Capilla de la Candelaria


The pale salmon-painted Capilla de la Candelaria dates from 1779. Its mid vault is made of Veracruz coral stone and the interior is elaborately painted.

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2. Parroquía San Cristobal

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3. Casa Cultural de Agustín Lara


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4. Villin Montalio

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5. Teatro Netzahualcóyotl


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7. Museo de Sitio de Tres Zapotes

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8. Olmec Head

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