Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato

The building of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato was financed by the city’s rich mine owners in the late 17th Century. 

It’s beautiful from the outside, especially when lit up at night, but the inside didn’t impress me all that much. The church is built of sandstone and was constructed in the baroque style with a second tower (not the clock tower) that was added in the 18th Century and was built in the Churringueresque style.

The Churringueresque style began in Spain and is marked by overly ornamental features. balustrades (which are railings supported by balasters, or posts), undulating cornices, garlands (a wreath, often flowery) and more.

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Carved above the doorway are garlands, and the horizontal beams that look like inverted steps are undulating cornices, both typical of Churringueresque architecture.

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This statue of Jesus on the cross is quite gory and Jesus is looking down — which are important elements of the Cuzqueña school of art that I saw in Peru. OI000154.jpgThis banner displays a quote from Psalms 23:1 “With God as my shepherd, I lack nothing.”

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