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Regional Cemetery of Encarnación de Díaz

Encarnacion de Díaz

One of the must-sees while in Encarnación is this old cemetery (the second oldest and most important in Jalisco, only behind Guadalajara’s Panteón de Belén), whose historical heritage dates from the beginning of its 1826 construction. It’s so important that it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Its opening was due to the fact that the Iglesia Parroquial de la Encarnación (Parish Church of the Incarnation) and its atrium were to capacity. In addition, the old “La Chona” cemetery was an important Cristero war’s scenario: it served as the “agraristas” barracks.

One of the peculiarities of this beautiful enclosure, also known as the Panteón del Señor de la Misericordia (Lord of Mercy cemetery), is that it keeps the traditional scheme of a large patio with corridors and space for niches. Surrounded by these old tombstones, center, is the Templo del Señor de la Misericordia (Temple of the Lord of Mercy), a white quarry chapel that gives the site a somewhat ghostly feeling. To get there, it’s necessary to go through a three-access portico with arches decorated with elements inspired by nature.

Another hidden treasure is that, on one of its adobe walls, the temple houses the 1833 Pedro Contreras’ mural “El Señor de la Misericordia” (The Lord of Mercy), inspired by the crucified Christ whose face is emphasized by its Byzantine features.
One of the must-sees while in Encarnación is this old cemetery (the second oldest and most important in Jalisco, only behind Guadalajara’s Panteón de Belén), whose historical heritage dates from the beginning of its 1826 construction. It’s so important that it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Its opening was due to the fact that the Iglesia Parroquial de la Encarnación (Parish Church of the Incarnation) and its atrium were to capacity. In addition, the old “La Chona” cemetery was an important Cristero war’s scenario: it served as the “agraristas” barracks.

One of the peculiarities of this beautiful enclosure, also known as the Panteón del Señor de la Misericordia (Lord of Mercy cemetery), is that it keeps the traditional scheme of a large patio with corridors and space for niches. Surrounded by these old tombstones, center, is the Templo del Señor de la Misericordia (Temple of the Lord of Mercy), a white quarry chapel that gives the site a somewhat ghostly feeling. To get there, it’s necessary to go through a three-access portico with arches decorated with elements inspired by nature.

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