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The Sierra Gorda Missions: Concá


The Missions of the Sierra Gorda

In eastern valleys of the Sierra Gorda of the central Mexican state of Queretaro are five remarkable missions, especially noted for their highly decorative façades.

The missions are the work of native people under the direction of Franciscan missionaries led by Fray Junipero Serra, who would later found the Missions of California.

In 2003, the Missions of the Sierra Gorda were named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


The Mission at Concá

The smallest of the Sierra Gorda Missions, the Misíon de San Miguel Concá, is only mission west of Jalpan. The second of the Franciscan churches, it was constructed between 1754 and 1758.

Its façade is framed by two buttresses. The highlight of the interior is the baptismal font

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There are also galleries of the other four missions. Click on the names to view.
Mission at JalpanMission at LandaMission at TancoyalMission at Tilaco

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Road to Concá - 1
Road to Concá - 1
Road to Concá - 2
Road to Concá - 2
Road to Concá - 3
Road to Concá - 3
Road to Concá - 4
Road to Concá - 4
Road to Concá - 5
Road to Concá - 5
Mission complex over the atrium wall.
Mission complex over the atrium wall.
Atrium entrance - 1
Atrium entrance - 1
Atrium entrance - 2
Atrium entrance - 2
Atrium and Mission.
Atrium and Mission.
San Miguel Concá against a dramatic sky.
San Miguel Concá against a dramatic sky.
Belfry
Belfry
Façade - Mid & Top Levels
Façade - Mid & Top Levels
Façade - Top Level
Façade - Top Level
Façade - Top Level Detail
Façade - Top Level Detail
Façade - Midlevel 1
Façade - Midlevel 1
Façade - Midlevel 2
Façade - Midlevel 2
Façade - Midlevel 3
Façade - Midlevel 3
Façade - Midlevel 4
Façade - Midlevel 4
Lower façade
Lower façade
Interior - 1
Interior - 1
Interior - 2
Interior - 2
Interior - 3
Interior - 3
Baptistery - 1
Baptistery - 1
Baptistery - 2
Baptistery - 2