Friday, June 7, 2019

Barroco Poblano: San Agustin Atzompa revived

We return to our ongoing series on popular baroque churches in the state of Puebla, with a visit to colorful San Agustín Atzompa.
Perched on the lower slopes of the volcano Ixtaccihuatl on the Puebla side, The pueblo of San Agustín Atzompa was badly rattled by the earthquake of 9/2017. Repairs to the damaged church front have recently been completed, and its partially tiled facade newly repainted in vibrant pinks and blues.
The stuccoed center facade is framed in ornate rococo style with estípite pilasters incorporating angel heads, carved foliage and relief figures, flanked by colorful statues of archangels. The facade terminates in a scrolled mixtlinear baroque gable. A classic of the popular Pueblan baroque.
Please review our earlier posts on the folk baroque churches of Puebla: San Jeronimo Aljojuca;  Santa Inez XanenetlaTlancualpican;  Santa Ana JolalpanSanta Maria Jolalpan;  San Simón Quecholac;
text © 2019 Richard D. Perry
images courtesy of Niccolo Brooker 

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