TEMPLO DE SANTA PRISCA1
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Templo de Santa Prisca

It is a colonial gem considered one of the main examples of New Spanish baroque art. 

It was commissioned by Don José de la Borda, a wealthy miner who decided to fully finance the temple as a token of gratitude for the wealth obtained from the mines of Taxco. 

Construction of the Santa Prisca Temple began in 1748 and was completed on September 3, 1758. The architect in charge of this magnificent architectural work was Don Cayetano de Zigüenza, and until 1806, it was the tallest building in the country, reaching a height of 94.58 meters. It was consecrated on May 11 and 12, 1759, by Don Manuel Antonio Rojo de Lubián y Vieyra, a delegate of the Archbishop of Mexico.

The temple is surrounded by a courtyard elevated above street level with four steps, and there are monuments on high pedestals at the front corners. Additionally, there is a cross on the southwest side and an image of Saint Michael on the northwest side. 

Its facade is made of pink quarry stone and features various sculptures made of the same stone, as well as a fabulous application of Talavera pottery in one of its interior chapels and on its enormous dome. 

The main entrance has a semicircular arch and is flanked by pairs of columns with niches in the middle, housing the images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Above them, there is a coral window surrounded by foliage, angels, shells, and some relief shields.

Its two tall and slender towers are decorated with images of saints, including the patron saint of Taxco, the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception in the center. 

The temple has a Latin cross plan and a segmented dome with a lantern on an octagonal drum.

Inside, there are twelve beautifully adorned altarpieces with gold leaf and magnificent paintings by the renowned colonial painter, Miguel Cabrera.

The main altar has a retablo that reproduces some motifs found on the facade, but made of wood with gold leaf.

It also features three carved wooden pulpits. In the choir, there is a wooden balustrade and a magnificent baroque pipe organ with 250 flutes. 

Attached to the temple is a chapel dedicated to Father Jesus, formerly known as the Indian Chapel. Its entrance features a mural illustrating the martyrdom of Saint Prisca, a young Roman woman who, upon converting to Christianity, was sent to the Colosseum during the reign of Emperor Claudius. The miracle occurred when instead of devouring her, the lions lay at her feet, but the emperor decided to decapitate her. This chapel stands out for some oil paintings by the renowned artist Miguel Cabrera.

Location

José de La Borda No. 1, Centro, Taxco, Gro.

Templo de Santa Prisca

COLONIAL GEM AND SILVER CENTER

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