TEMPLO DE SANTA MARIA TONATZINTLA1
TEMPLO DE SANTA MARIA TONATZINTLA1

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The temple dates back to the 16th century.

It is a clear representation of popular Baroque art that reflects cultural mestizaje

Its name also shows the cultural mix, as it includes a Nahuatl part, Tonantzintla, which means "place of our little mother."

The facade is covered with talavera tiles and was rebuilt in 1941 after a fire.

The interior is unique and incredible, as it features an interpretation of Mary's celestial realm. Visitors can admire dark-skinned angels, typically Mexican fruits like papayas, and even chili peppers, headdresses, and an eagle knight. This was one of the few places where the Franciscans allowed indigenous people to express their art and imagination.

The dome dates back to 1600, and the rest of the decorations were added over time.

A tradition that has been preserved is that women whose prayers are granted cut their hair and offer it as an offering. As a result, the images of the saints have natural hair wigs.

It has been declared a historical monument since 1933.

Location

Av. M. Hidalgo o, San Diego, Sta María Tonanzintla, San Andrés Cholula, Pue.

Templo de Santa María Tonantzintla

A UNESCO WORD HERITAGE SITE, ENCHANTING COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE AND TANTALIZING CUISINE

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