|La Capilla de Los Angeles before restoration|
Like many of the Ixtla chapels, the Capilla de Los Angeles fell into disuse and disrepair after the Mexican Revolution, and until recent times it was neglected and virtually abandoned.
With the Proyecto San Miguel Ixtla however, the chapel has been partially rehabilitated and awaits full restoration.In keeping with most area chapels, the Capilla de Los Angeles is modest in scale and design, although like the others, considerable attention was devoted to an imposing stone entry.
Despite its current battered condition, the portal is quite stylishly carved, with coffered jambs, an inscribed and foliated archway, and a pedimented alfiz sheltering a remnant stone crucifix.
|archangel with cross on the nave wall|
This brings to a close our series on the chapels of Ixtla, in Guanajuato. In future posts we hope to look at related groups of Otomí chapels in neighboring Querétaro and Hidalgo.
text © 2014 Richard D. Perry. images by Niccolò Brooker and others