Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Churches of Quecholac: San Simón de Bravo

We should not leave Quecholac without a brief look at two of its colorful, folk baroque, barrio churches: San Simón and San Diego.
Both boast landscaped atriums with picturesque entry gateways fronting brightly painted and ornamented facades in popular style.
Red, yellow, orange and green make up the decorative palette at San Simón de Bravo.  The triple arcade of the gateway sets the tone, its undulating parapet inset with scrolls, statuary and dated plaques, and capped with pointed merlons.
Likewise, the church front is framed in brilliant, contrasting colors to highlight its various elements—spiral and estípite pilasters, moorish window, bands of faux foliage and folkloric reliefs.
Above the facade, similar treatment of the multi-tiered tower and ornamental, lantern topped dome adds even more color and interest to the profile and lively presence of the church of San Simón.
text © 2017 Richard D. Perry
color photography courtesy of Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca 
thank you Enrique for sharing your wonderful images.
review some of our other posts on Puebla: Puebla cathedralSan José ChiapaSan José de PueblaSan Francisco de PueblaIzucarEl CarmenLa LuzSan AntonioSan MarcosGuadalupeEagle WarriorsJolalpan

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