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Yucatan and Campeche States Sights

Iglesia de San Román

  • Calles 10 and Bravo Map It
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 03/12/2013

Fodor's Review

Like most Franciscan churches, this one is sober and plain, and its single bell tower is the only ornamentation. The equally sparse interior is brightened a bit by some colorful stained-glass windows, and the carved and inlaid altarpiece serves as a beautiful backdrop for an ebony image of Jesus, the "Black Christ," brought from Italy in about 1575. Although understandably skeptical of Christianity, the Indians, whom the Spaniards forced into perpetual servitude, eventually

came to associate this black Christ figure with miracles. As legend has it, a ship that refused to carry the holy statue was lost at sea, while the ship that accepted him reached Campeche in record time. To this day, the Feast of San Román—when worshippers carry a black-wood Christ and silver filigree cross through the streets—remains a solemn but colorful affair.

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Sight Information

Address:

Calles 10 and Bravo, Campeche City, Campeche, 24000, Mexico

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Phone:

981-816–3303

Sight Details:

  • Daily 7–1 and 3–7.

Updated 03/12/2013

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