Against rusticated walls cut from cream colored stone, or cantera amarilla, the main and side entries are both densely ornamented with geometric motifs—rectangles, diamonds, zigzags and rosettes. The belfry, newly painted in red, blue and ocher, provides a splash of color to complement the dazzling stonework.
north doorwayThe interior has also been repainted in warm tones of red and cream. There are few colonial artifacts of interest remaining, notably an handsome painting of the Mexican Trinity, resplendent in gilded, star spangled robes.
A tall, 19th century pipe organ overlooks the nave from the choir loft, striking in its handsome blue case with decorative carved foliage. It has recently been restored to playing condition.
the pipe organThe altarpiece at the east end houses a locally revered statue of the patron St Matthew, and on a recent visit, parishioners were carrying this image of the saint from the church on a visitation to honor a novena at a private local shrine.
Click here for excerpts from a Christmas concert at Jalatlaco courtesy of IOHIO
text © 2007 & 2021 Richard D. Perry
color images by the author