Like Escuintenango, Coneta has a single nave with a polygonal apse. The walls and church front are of roughly cut stonework set in a matrix of lime mortar containing snail shells - a sturdy mix that may account for its good condition. The fallen vaulting was also of stone, a rarity among pueblo-de-indio churches in Chiapas.
|Coneta, the roofless sanctuary and polygonal apse|
Amazingly, much of the stucco facing has survived the centuries in good condition, retaining its intricate decorative designs - an intriguing blend of folk Plateresque, mudéjar and even Mayan motifs.
The central doorway, whose stepped frame is incised with angels, crosses and maize plants, retains traces of its original colors and painted decoration. It is flanked by blind arcades enclosing elongated niches—a regional peculiarity.
Three shallow tiers rise overhead featuring rows of little ornamental niches separated by a variety of stubby pilasters in what might be termed a "folk estipíte" style - differing in detail on each level. A bulls-eye window above the doorway is surmounted by a succession of distinctive decorative niches on each level, culminating in a large bell opening on the espadaña.
The headless statue of the patron, St Joseph, occupies a larger niche on the fourth tier.