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Jalpan de Serra

Friar Junípero Serra built this mission dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. The construction began in 1751 and ended seven years later. As the first of the five missions that would be built in the area, it was dedicated to the defense of the faith and to lay the foundation for the evangelization that was just beginning.

Facade’s Baroque style has some signs of syncretism and reveals the work of indigenous hands. The representation of Santo Domingo and San Francisco, disseminators of the faith, alludes to the triumph over the idolatry of the Chichimeca Pames who resisted the conquest for such a long time. The decoration also includes an unprecedented detail: the Spanish-Mexican double-headed eagle devouring a snake.

Anyone having the chance should try to visit the great-beauty five missions to get the full vision of the evangelizers' idiosyncrasies and the traces of syncretism. The Misión Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol was completed in 1766 and has the most elaborate facade of all. The Misión Santa María de las Aguas de Landa, built by Friar Miguel de la Campa between 1760 and 1768, refers to the end of the spiritual conquest of the Sierra Gorda.

For its part, Misión San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco is the smallest and simplest of all. Finally, the Misión San Miguel Concá, built by Friar José Antonio de Murgía, is probably the one with the most cultural mix of all the five missions.
Friar Junípero Serra built this mission dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. The construction began in 1751 and ended seven years later. As the first of the five missions that would be built in the area, it was dedicated to the defense of the faith and to lay the foundation for the evangelization that was just beginning.

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Facade’s Baroque style has some signs of syncretism and reveals the work of indigenous hands. The representation of Santo Domingo and San Francisco, disseminators of the faith, alludes to the triumph over the idolatry of the Chichimeca Pames who resisted the conquest for such a long time. The decoration also includes an unprecedented detail: the Spanish-Mexican double-headed eagle devouring a snake.

Anyone having the chance should try to visit the great-beauty five missions to get the full vision of the evangelizers' idiosyncrasies and the traces of syncretism. The Misión Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol was completed in 1766 and has the most elaborate facade of all. The Misión Santa María de las Aguas de Landa, built by Friar Miguel de la Campa between 1760 and 1768, refers to the end of the spiritual conquest of the Sierra Gorda.

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