Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Hidalgo. chapel of St Bernard of Clairvaux

 Our attention was recently drawn to this little hilltop chapel of unknown date dedicated to St Bernard of Clairvaux—an unusual dedication in Mexico.. 

Located in northern Hidalgo state, near Zacualtipan, on a windswept knoll accessed by a steep stairway, we have no details on its history.

The arcaded portal of the chapel is surmounted by an archaic carved relief of the saint, holding his crozier and gesturing in benediction — one of the very few representations of him that we are aware of in Mexican sculpture.

text © 2021 Richard D. Perry

photography by Niccolo Brooker who brought the chapel to our notice.

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