Las Ruinas de Veracruz


A few blocks west of the Iglesia Santiago are the ruins of this 16th-century church destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1835. It remains a spiritual center, and as the indigenous counterpoint to La Gritería, on December 7 people gather here for a pre-Columbian festival involving torches and the sun deity on the roof of San Juan Bautista.

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Nearby León attractions

1. Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Sutiaba


The Subtiaba neighborhood is centered on this church, located about 1km west of the León cathedral. It’s better known as ‘Catedral Subtiaba,’ and is the…

2. Museo de Arte Sacre

0.11 MILES

Call ahead to make sure this intriguing museum is open. You’ve probably noticed this neighborhood’s churches are in some disrepair, a situation that…

3. Museo Adiáct

0.18 MILES

This interesting little museum inside the Casa Cultural de Subtiaba, is a beautifully muraled building; you may need to ask that it be opened. You’re…

4. Casa Cultural de Subtiaba

0.18 MILES

Look for the faded mural at the headquarters for area indigenous communities and home to Museo Adiáct.

5. Ermita de San Pedro

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This church, two blocks east and one block south of San Juan Bautista, was constructed between 1706 and 1718. It's considered one of the best examples of…

6. Ruinas Iglesia Santiago

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Well signed 1½ blocks away from San Juan Bautista, this church was (according to local legend) cursed by duendes (fairies), and by the looks of it the…

7. Iglesia Zaragoza

0.73 MILES

For something completely different, swing by the ultra-Gothic 1884 Iglesia Zaragoza. There's an interesting mix of architectural styles here – it looks…

8. Iglesia de San Nicolás de Laborío

0.76 MILES

Felipe III of Spain ordered this graceful church to be built in 1618. If you take the street east to the Ruinas de la Ermita de San Sebastián, you're…