Templo De La Valenciana, Guanajuato

#4 of 11 in Historic Sites in Guanajuato
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
On a hill overlooking the city, Templo De La Valenciana features a pink volcanic stone façade decorated with intricate carvings. The interior layout of this 18th century Mexican Churrigueresque church resembles a Latin cross and holds three towering Churrigueresque altarpieces covered in gold leaf with incredible detail and religious paintings. Antonio de Ordóñez, the owner of the La Valenciana mine, originally built the church in honor of his patron saint, Saint Cajetan, for the riches the mine provided. Use our Guanajuato trip tool to add Templo De La Valenciana and other attractions to your Guanajuato vacation plans.
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  • A gorgeous 18th century structure built at the opening of the La Valencia mine - where the largest silver vein in Mexico is located. The amount and use of gold leaf in the church is incredible. A...  more »
  • To understand the mines, and the wealth that flowed from those sites, it helps to visit the church -- three gold leaf altars. You can imagine the owners praying that the abundance continued forever.  more »
  • What a lovely surprise! It's not in many guide books of Guanajuato, but one should not miss it. Much smaller in scale than the more famed Parroquia de Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato, this 18th century temple has much to offer and be admired: 4 massive wall paintings, a center shrine rich in marvelous details of sculptures and carvings and everything glittering in gold. Outside there is a beautiful garden full of greenery and flowers. At the foot of the temple you may find a tiny souvenir shop where there's a diverse range of goodies.
  • The most interesting thing is his story since inside or outside there's not much to see, go. If you are visiting the place there are some recommendations that you should keep in mind, such as being silent and taking photos without flash, if it is your liking you can cooperate for the maintenance of the Temple. It was good.
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