As part of our ongoing series on Mexico's stone crosses, we publish the occasional post on the sculpted stone crucifixes often found on church facades.
One of these crucifixes, affixed to the surmounting espadaña of the church at San Guillermo Totolapan—an early Augustinian monastery celebrated for its 16th century Cristo—became a victim of the earthquake that devastated the Morelos region in September 2017.
During the 2017 earthquake the tower and entire espadaña collapsed into a heap of rubble in front of the church door. Tragically the colonial crucifix also succumbed, to the point where reassembly or restoration seems unlikely.
text © 2018 Richard D. Perry
images courtesy of Beverley Spears, Niccolo Brooker and Robert Jackson
Look for future posts in this series:Yecapixtla; San Agustin Salamanca; Santiago Silao;
San Jose Irapuato; San Agustin de Queretaro; Zacatecas Cathedral; Singuilucan;