Santa Ana Jolalpan in 2007
|Santa Ana Jolalpan in 1960|
Santa Ana Jolalpan
Recently under repair and restoration after many years of neglect and deterioration, the ornate, polychrome front of this barrio church, although obviously much influenced by nearby Santa Maria Jolalpan, offers several original aspects.
Spiral and baluster columns frame the triple stage "retablo" facade, some woven with grapevines and others encrusted with painted foliage and angels' heads.
|Atlantean figure with cornucopia|
Reliefs depicting angels bearing a crown surround a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the top niche, while the Holy Trinity is portrayed in the serpentine surmounting gable, flanked by two squat statues of bearded saints.
The sculptural artistry evident in the stucco work of the facade also extend to the stone baptismal font inside the church.
text ©2012 Richard D. Perry
Color photography © Niccolo Brooker. 1960 b/w picture ©Constantino Reyes-Valerio