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Temple and Former Convent of San Francisco

Pachuca

With a clean, white quarry facade in a sober baroque style, this temple belonging to the Franciscan order treasures jewels that, opposite its austere image, seem to amaze those who decide to explore them.

Here lie the remains of Pedro Romero de Terreros, who became the richest man in the world and founder of Huasca de Ocampo, as well as those of his wife, the Marchioness of Miravalle, a descendant of Emperor Moctezuma II.

Another of the jewels that you can find in the Ex Convent, and perhaps the most surprising, is the uncorrupted image of Saint Columba—a young religious woman persecuted for her beliefs and executed between 227 and 230 AD. Her body is visible in a glass urn inside the temple, where you can appreciate that her features and her skin are inexplicably preserved.

Currently, the existence of the tunnel that connected the Templo de San Francisco (Temple of San Francisco) with the Antiguo Hospital de San Juan de Dios (Old Hospital of San Juan de Dios) had the objective of protecting the Franciscans from any attack. Its ingenious entrance—so as not to be discovered—is inside a chest of drawers that never ceased to be used as such.

In the Capilla de la Luz you’ll discover the only Churrigueresque altarpiece stewed in gold in Pachuca. Some lucky ones have witnessed the brilliance it gives off, as space isn’t always open.
With a clean, white quarry facade in a sober baroque style, this temple belonging to the Franciscan order treasures jewels that, opposite its austere image, seem to amaze those who decide to explore them.

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Here lie the remains of Pedro Romero de Terreros, who became the richest man in the world and founder of Huasca de Ocampo, as well as those of his wife, the Marchioness of Miravalle, a descendant of Emperor Moctezuma II.

Another of the jewels that you can find in the Ex Convent, and perhaps the most surprising, is the uncorrupted image of Saint Columba—a young religious woman persecuted for her beliefs and executed between 227 and 230 AD. Her body is visible in a glass urn inside the temple, where you can appreciate that her features and her skin are inexplicably preserved.

Currently, the existence of the tunnel that connected the Templo de San Francisco (Temple of San Francisco) with the Antiguo Hospital de San Juan de Dios (Old Hospital of San Juan de Dios) had the objective of protecting the Franciscans from any attack. Its ingenious entrance—so as not to be discovered—is inside a chest of drawers that never ceased to be used as such.

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