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Templo de San Francisco Acatepec

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 01/25/2016

Fodor's Review

Manuel Toussaint, an expert in colonial art, likened this church to "a temple of porcelain, worthy of being kept beneath a crystal dome." Construction began in 1590, with the elaborate Spanish baroque decorations added between 1650 and 1750. Multicolored Talavera tiles cover the exceptionally ornate facade. The interior blazes with polychrome plasterwork and gilding; a sun radiates overhead. Unlike that of the nearby Santa María Tonantzintla, the ornamentation hews to the standard representations of the Incarnation, the Evangelists, and the Holy Trinity. Look for St. Francis, to whom the church is dedicated, between the altarpiece's spiraling columns.

Sight Information


6½ km (4 miles) south of Cholula, Cholula, Puebla, 72600, Mexico


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Sight Details:

  • Daily 9–6

Published 01/25/2016


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