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Cathedral of Santiago

Saltillo

On the streets of Hidalgo and Juárez, right on the city's zocalo in front of the Plaza de Armas, is the Cathedral of Santiago, a religious site whose 81 meter high (262 feet) tower capped at the top by an iron cross makes it stand out from the surrounding buildings. This is the northernmost church in the country and instantly makes it one of the most emblematic attractions in Saltillo.

Let yourself be surprised by its three body facade that mixes different styles such as neoclassical, churrigueresque and baroque, as well as the fine work of carved quarry. Pay close attention to the top of its main door, where you can see the papal coat of arms carved in wood, or go directly to the Silver Gate, an 18th century piece, which is located on the altar of San José.

In the interior you will find its outstanding covers, altarpieces and 45 oil paintings of sacred art, most of them made during the viceroyalty, (standing out “La Sagrada Familia”) and the shell of Apóstol Santiago; although the most important image is the one of Santo Cristo de la Caña, made with corn cane.

If you want to see this cathedral in all its splendour, organize your trip in August, when the Fiesta del Santo Cristo de la Capilla (“Festival of the Holy Christ of the Chapel”) takes place, where you can see the typical dances of “Tlaxcaltecas” and “Matachines”, as well as live a whole popular verbena with the fervent religious or walk the streets during the processions.
On the streets of Hidalgo and Juárez, right on the city's zocalo in front of the Plaza de Armas, is the Cathedral of Santiago, a religious site whose 81 meter high (262 feet) tower capped at the top by an iron cross makes it stand out from the surrounding buildings. This is the northernmost church in the country and instantly makes it one of the most emblematic attractions in Saltillo.

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Let yourself be surprised by its three body facade that mixes different styles such as neoclassical, churrigueresque and baroque, as well as the fine work of carved quarry. Pay close attention to the top of its main door, where you can see the papal coat of arms carved in wood, or go directly to the Silver Gate, an 18th century piece, which is located on the altar of San José.

In the interior you will find its outstanding covers, altarpieces and 45 oil paintings of sacred art, most of them made during the viceroyalty, (standing out “La Sagrada Familia”) and the shell of Apóstol Santiago; although the most important image is the one of Santo Cristo de la Caña, made with corn cane.

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