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Parroquia Antigua de Salamanca(Former Parish of Salamanca)

Salamanca

In front of the Plaza de los Niños Héroes you’ll find the Parroquia Antigua de Salamanca which, it is said, is one of the first churches built in this city.

Baroque outside and neoclassical inside, you can immediately identify it by its Churrigueresque facade and its incomplete tower, which of course has more than one explanation.

On the one hand, it’s said that it was too heavy and to prevent collapse they decided to wait before continuing the construction. Another theory points to the lack of budget. Whatever the reason, this has become one of its hallmarks.

Another detail is that the floor is covered in mesquite wood, a material formerly used in Guanajuato buildings. It’s said that this site is the only one from the colonial era that preserves its original floor, so upon entering you’ll know that you’re standing over centuries of history.

For some time it was a school and library instead of functioning as a temple. After the Cristero war, the authorities decided to give new uses to religious centers and this was no exception. Years later, at the end of the conflict, it was used again for what it was built, remaining that way until today.
In front of the Plaza de los Niños Héroes you’ll find the Parroquia Antigua de Salamanca which, it is said, is one of the first churches built in this city.

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Baroque outside and neoclassical inside, you can immediately identify it by its Churrigueresque facade and its incomplete tower, which of course has more than one explanation.

On the one hand, it’s said that it was too heavy and to prevent collapse they decided to wait before continuing the construction. Another theory points to the lack of budget. Whatever the reason, this has become one of its hallmarks.

Another detail is that the floor is covered in mesquite wood, a material formerly used in Guanajuato buildings. It’s said that this site is the only one from the colonial era that preserves its original floor, so upon entering you’ll know that you’re standing over centuries of history.

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