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Mexico City 2013 | SMA Parade | Epazoyucan | El Tajin - Estado de Veracruz, Mexico | Peña de Bernal - Estado de Querétaro, Mexico | The Churches of Querétaro | Tlacotalpan - Estado de Veracruz, Mexico | The Sierra Gorda Missions: Jalpan | The Sierra Gorda Missions: Landa | The Sierra Gorda Missions: Tancoyol | The Sierra Gorda Missions: Tilaco | The Sierra Gorda Missions: Concá | Tepotzotlan | The Streets of Mexico City | La Enseñanza - Mexico City | Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México | Mexico in Black and White | Farm Tour - Via Organica | xmas_2012

The Sierra Gorda Missions: Landa


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 Landa

I began my full day visit of the all five missions with a foggy morning stop at Santa Maria del Agua de Landa, located in Landa de Matamoros, the second largest town in the region.

Possessing the most decorative façade of the group, the mission at Landa was constructed from 1760-1768.

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The texture seen in the close-ups is due to a protective black net that was placed over the façade after restoration.

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

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Plaza
Plaza
Plaza and Mission
Plaza and Mission
Atrium Entrance - 1
Atrium Entrance - 1
Atrium Entrance - 2
Atrium Entrance - 2
Atrium Entrance - 3
Atrium Entrance - 3
Atrium and Mission
Atrium and Mission
Façade
Façade
Left Façade - 1
Left Façade - 1
Left Façade - 2
Left Façade - 2
Left Façade - 3
Left Façade - 3
Left Façade - 4
Left Façade - 4
Left Façade - 5
Left Façade - 5
Left Façade - 6
Left Façade - 6
Left Façade - 7
Left Façade - 7
Left Façade - 8
Left Façade - 8
Right Façade - 1
Right Façade - 1
Right Façade - 2
Right Façade - 2
Right Façade - 3
Right Façade - 3
Right Façade - 4
Right Façade - 4
Right Façade - 5
Right Façade - 5
Center Façade - 1
Center Façade - 1
Center Façade - 2
Center Façade - 2
Center Façade - 3
Center Façade - 3
Center Façade - 4
Center Façade - 4
Center Façade - 5
Center Façade - 5
Center Façade - 6
Center Façade - 6
Center Façade - 7
Center Façade - 7
Center Façade - 8
Center Façade - 8
Looking Up
Looking Up
Interior - 1
Interior - 1
Interior - 2
Interior - 2
Interior - 3
Interior - 3
Interior - 4
Interior - 4
Interior - 5
Interior - 5
Bapistry - 1
Bapistry - 1
Bapistry - 2
Bapistry - 2
Exit
Exit
Atrio (Atrium)
Atrio (Atrium)
Final 1
Final 1
Final 2
Final 2