Although preceded by two more modest churches on this site, the present cathedral dates from the mid-1700s, rebuilt to reflect the wealth of this great northern mining region.
The sinewy figure of Christ is nailed to the cross; he wears a melancholy face and his sole garment is an ornamental fringed skirt.
Another relief in the surmounting scalloped gable depicts God the Father and the eagle-like dove of the Holy Spirit flanked by angels.
Please visit our other posts on facade crucifixes: Totolapan; San Agustín Salamanca; Santiago Silao; San Jose Irapuato; San Agustín de Querétaro; Singuilucan;
*See our earlier post on the Apostolic College of Guadalupe
text © 2020 Richard D. Perry
color photography by the author and © Niccolo Brooker & Carolyn Brown