|Asunción Tlacolula, the west front|
In an earlier post we looked at the inauguration of the newly restored colonial pipe organ at Tlacolula.
We follow up with fuller descriptions of the church and the adjacent chapel of El Señor de Tlacolula.
Sunday is market day in Tlacolula. Vendors of colorful local handcrafts overflow from the surrounding streets into the churchyard. Zapotec Indians from the surrounding villages crowd into the church of La Asunción to pay their respects to El Señor de Tlacolula.
La Capilla del Señor
Known variously as La Capilla del Señor, or La Capilla de Plata (Silver Chapel), this ornate side chapel houses the venerated processional crucifix of El Señor de Tlacolula which is kept on the main altar. Designed in the form of a Greek cross capped by a grand, octagonal dome, the interior is richly ornamented with strapwork and painted stucco reliefs.
|La Capilla de Plata: the entry|
The sculpture on the chapel altars is generally more refined. A tender Deposition tableau beside the main altar and the melancholy figure of El Cristo de La Paciencia in the east transept may be the work of Andrés de Zárate, the noted sculptor from nearby Huayapam, who is known to have worked here.
One of the minor gems in the chapel is a sequence of folkloric statues of musical angels along the nave. Although many have lost their instruments, all retain their charm.text © 2005 and 2014 Richard D. Perry
Color images by the author and courtesy of IOHIO, Richard Stracke and Felipe Falcón.