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The Sierra Gorda Missions: Tilaco


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 Tilaco

From Tancoyol, my driver and I return to the area's main highway, then took a road winding down to the deep Valle de Tilaco.

The Misíon de San Francisco was constructed between 1744 and 1762. In addition to the fine façade, the atrium is notewothy.

To view my website with information on traveling to and within Mexico, visit Larpman's Guide to Mexico.

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

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Road down into the Tilaco Valley -  1
Road down into the Tilaco Valley - 1
Road down into the Tilaco Valley -  2
Road down into the Tilaco Valley - 2
Misíon de Tilaco amid the fog.
Misíon de Tilaco amid the fog.
Into the village
Into the village
The wonderful restored atrium (front courtyard)
The wonderful restored atrium (front courtyard)
Mom and kids out for a stroll - 1
Mom and kids out for a stroll - 1
Mom and kids out for a stroll - 2
Mom and kids out for a stroll - 2
Mom and kids out for a stroll - 3
Mom and kids out for a stroll - 3
UNESCO World Heritage Site plaque
UNESCO World Heritage Site plaque
Over the atrium wall.
Over the atrium wall.
Façade - 1
Façade - 1
Façade - 2
Façade - 2
Façade - 3
Façade - 3
Façade - 4
Façade - 4
Façade - 5
Façade - 5
Façade - 6
Façade - 6
Façade - 7
Façade - 7
Façade - 8
Façade - 8
Façade - 9
Façade - 9
Façade - 10
Façade - 10
Baptistery
Baptistery
Atrium - 1
Atrium - 1
Atrium - 2
Atrium - 2
Atrium - 3
Atrium - 3
Atrium - 4
Atrium - 4
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