In a previous post we described one—the restored chapel of La Conchita. In this and future posts we look at some others of note in the neighborhood, starting with Santa Caterina.
The church started life in the early 16th century as an open air chapel erected by the Franciscans to serve the indigenous people of the area—a raised vaulted space later fronted by an arcaded transverse narthex or porteria, which still stands. Later still, the nave was extended, with two bays further east and a belltower added.
|Santa Caterina, the entry arcade from the interior|
A colonial statue of the saint also rests near the main altar.
The 18th century carved chapel cross is now located in the Community Center across the road from the chapel.
text © 2019 Richard D. Perry
images by the author and from online sources