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The Church of San Francisco Javier, Tepotzotlan

The Church of San Francisco Javier, Tepotzotlan

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The Museo de Virreinato, or Museum of the Viceregal (Colonial) Period, is housed in a complex that was built by the Company of Jesus or Jesuits in the 1580s. Here they established three schools. The first was dedicated to training Jesuit missionaries the indigenous languages of Mexico, the second was to provide education to Indian boys. The third was the movement of the training of Jesuit priests from the College of San Pedro y San Pablo in Mexico City to a new facility called the College of San Francisco Javier. These schools would make Tepotzotlán one of the most prestigious educational centers in New Spain.
The Church of San Francisco Javier was begun in 1670 and finished in 1682. The layout of the church is of typical Latin cross design with a cupola and groin vaults. The facade of the church of San Francisco Javier was constructed between 1760 and 1762 of grey stone and covered the original facade from the 17th century. The facade summarizes the themes that are presented in the altarpieces inside. The most prominent image is of the Virgin Mary as the Great Patroness of the Jesuits. The ornamentation of its facade continues up through the bell tower which dates from the 18th century.

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)01-Mar-2010 06:24
Crisp and detailes pic,vote!
Rick Bricker23-Feb-2010 06:19
Amazing detail and color in this ornate dome.
Ummmm...groin vaults?
skhin02-Dec-2009 05:32
absolutely ornate!
Eldar Kadymov20-Nov-2009 02:05
I could've done better if not 1,0000 tourists rubbing my shoulders, however strong they are, LOL. Nothing could compare to your shots, though, especially those 4 guys with different styles of weaponry, LOL, and pretending to be the sheppards !
Noor Khan20-Nov-2009 01:53
Beautiful work, beautifully shot.
Sofia Solomennikova15-Nov-2009 13:11
Wonderful and very interesting capture, V
Michael Weinberg13-Nov-2009 00:17
Hello O Evil One. It looks like you captured some very special light emanating, not only from those succinctly defined windows, but from deep within those intensely colorful and 3d nooks and crannies as well. This superbly designed architectural delight is the perfect atmosphere to be the spot of cohabitation between the forces of good and evil, sane and meshuganah..... and we both know a lot about that. But what is really spectacular about this shot are those superbly defined winged humanoid creatures that support the ornately fashioned gold and red cross beams which unify this amazingly detailed composition. Kudos Amigo. Michael
Pawel09-Nov-2009 23:46
Beautifuly photographed!
Thanx for your all comments at the pictures :)