Monday, August 3, 2020

The tiled Churches of Puebla: San Francisco Acatepec

Described by noted Mexican art historian Manuel Toussaint as a "porcelain temple," San Francisco Acatepec displays the most spectacular and sophisticated of the Cholula area tiled church fronts. 
© Carolyn Brown
Constructed starting in the 1650s and complete by 1750, the retablo style facade is a blaze of red, yellow and blue azulejo tiles, that outline and infill every surface. Supposedly created to order for the facade, the tiles articulate its varied columns, the moorish inspired arches and openings, and even its crowning scrolls and flame finials.
the tower  © Carolyn Brown
Richly encrusted surfaces and sculpted cornices frame the single south tower, which is also striped with bands of blue and yellow tile. 
St Francis © Carolyn Brown
Statues of Franciscan saints occupy the sculpture niches, with the patron, St Francis, within the star shaped upper niche.
Text © 2020 Richard D. Perry
color images by the author and © Carolyn Brown
see our earlier series on the tiled churches of Puebla

1 comment:

  1. The exterior of the church of Acatepec and the interior of the church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla
    being near each other make it a delight to visit the area often. Both are exquisite!