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San Miguel de Allende Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This church has one of Guanajuato State's finest churrigueresque facades. The term for this style refers to José Churriguera, a 17th-century (baroque) Spanish architect noted for his extravagant surface decoration. Built in the late 18th century, the church was financed by donations from wealthy patrons and by bullfight revenues. Topping the elaborately carved exterior is the image of St. Francis of Assisi. Below, along with a crucifix, are dozens of limestone sculptures of angels, saints, and Franciscan friars. The church's interior, by contrast, is rather stark.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Calle San Francisco at Calle Juárez
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato  37700, Mexico


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