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Meet St. Alfonso The Fearsome, The Church of San Francisco Javier

Meet St. Alfonso The Fearsome, The Church of San Francisco Javier

Temperature; +22C Wind; 0.0 m/sec Rain; None


a. Couldn't get an access to Don Alfonso for 5 (!) minutes due to the buzzling crowds
b. Relics were lit by nasty greenish light, spent an eternity while fine-tuning WB
c. Had only 0.5 m of available space to squeeze myself between the tomb and the wall
d. Lack of light forced to operate at incredibly long shutter speeds, some morons were banging in to me meanwhile
e. Caught up someone's backpack with the lens flower hood on the exit and flipped the guy over
f. Needed to apologize ( though didn't feel so )and sustained countless sarcastic giggles

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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Ann Cleeves18-Jan-2010 16:24
He gives you ,Oh Prince of Darkness, a good tun for your money then. Only marginally less fearsome!
Eldar Kadymov25-Nov-2009 03:24
Think about how many nice ladies admired him... I would've lasted forever too... LOL
Sabine Stetson25-Nov-2009 03:10
nice blouse he is wearing...amazing that it lasted that long...:)
Eldar Kadymov20-Nov-2009 16:41
I never thought that it were you, amigo, since the tulwar had different shape than his straight Spanish sword ?!
Noor Khan20-Nov-2009 16:38
Where'd you get this shot of me after fasting in Ramadan?
FrankB17-Nov-2009 04:16
fitting work for the master of the Macabre! :).....V