Click here for excerpts from a Christmas concert at Jalatlaco courtesy of IOHIO
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
Located on an unpaved road off Rte 125 south of Teposcolula, the rural church of Santa Maria Nduayaco appears little changed since colonial times.
Wooden columns and stone pillars, some with sculpted capitals, divide the nave into three aisles, all covered by low wooden ceilings with carved beam ends.
While this arrangement has been subject to later reinforcement with cement beams, such interiors are rare in this part of Oaxaca, although it may be based on nearby San Juan Teposcolula.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Friday, January 8, 2021
Although undated, the cross may originate in colonial times.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
As we do each year at this time, we welcome the new year with a post related to Epiphany. For 2021 we visit the church of Santos Reyes Acozac (Yellow Water) in the northern reaches of Mexico State close to the Hidalgo border.
Following a devastating fire in 1700, the church was rebuilt much as we see it today, although it was refurbished as recently as the 1980s. Santos Reyes Acozac presents a neatly painted, geometric facade. The tower in particular features attractive layered pilasters and half columns.
The spacious interior is spanned by dark vaults cut from black volcanic tezontle stone and braced by interior buttresses, and lit up by the gilded main altarpiece that fills the apse.
The oval center niche showcases a tableau of the Adoration of the Three Kings that combines reliefs of the principals in the foreground against a painted backdrop with other figures.
Sumptuously robed, elongated statues include saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Virgin Mary, flanking the tableau, while those on the upper level include St Joseph.
Every year at this time, the images of the Three Kings are carried in procession to neighboring communities.
See our previous page on the church of Guadalupe in Acozac.
text ©2021 Richard D. Perry
color images courtesy of Niccolo Brooker and ELTB.
Friday, January 1, 2021
This is a list of these posts with links to the original pages:
Actopan. San Jerónimo (Hidalgo)
Ajusco (Mexico City)
Atoyac (Mexico City)
Axotla (Mexico City)
Chavez Morado (Guanajuato)
Chimalixtac (Mexico City)
Ciudad Hidalgo (Michoacan)
Coyoacán (Mexico City)
El Cardonal (Hidalgo)
El Sauz (Hidalgo)
Huantepec (Mexico City/State)
Huipulco (Mexico City/State)
Mixcoac (Mexico City)
Pino Suarez (Hidalgo)
Puebla City (Puebla)
San Felipe de Los Alzate (Michoacan)
San Pedro Martir (Mexico City)