Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda, Queretaro City

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The Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda in the Mexican state of Querétaro were declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2003. They are credited to Junípero Serra of the Franciscan Order, who also founded important missions in Alta California.

The five missions are: Santiago de Jalpan and Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol in the municipality of Jalpan, Santa María del Agua de Landa and San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco in Landa, and San Miguel Concá in Arroyo Seco. The facades of these churches are important because of the “Mestizo Baroque” style, which shows significant indigenous influence by the Pame Indians who built them.
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  • You get a real sense of what it was like to live there and the guided tours are in English. Well preserved with lots of artifacts.  more »
  • The missions are all identical, more or less, and the one in Jalpan is a good place to spend the night after leaving Queretaro and visiting Bernal or Tequisquiapan. The one in Landa is right off the....  more »
  • Fascinating how monuments to colonial mass murder and forced evangelization of indigenous Pame people are still celebrated to this day and even given world heritage status.
  • Interesting mission in Jalpán de Serra. Founded by Fray Junípero Serra, who also founded the California Missions.

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