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Santo Domingo Church

Sombrerete

When you arrive at the temple, the facade welcomes you with its imposing monolithic columns, whose unique characteristic is to have been carved in a single stone, since there is no other like it in the whole country.

The religious enclosure keeps an enormous amount of sacred art with viceroyalty paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a catacomb that is located right in the center of the corridor towards the altar. Thus, in the middle of the pews used by the parishioners, another subterranean world appears to show its hidden secrets but at the same time in view of everyone.

Inside that subway, the gallery, are hidden not only the remains of nobles and religious but also candles and wax believed to date back to the time of the Cristero War, a time when this catacomb could have been used as a hiding place for missionaries and believers.

It is said that the discovery of the catacomb is not more than 50 years old and part of the discovery was made due to the looting of bandits who were looking for the remains of the Count of San Mateo de Valparaíso, benefactor or who contributed his wealth to the construction of this church. However, these were always in the part of the sacristy of the temple.

The importance of the Count, also known as Don Fernando de la Campa y Cos, is not only of a religious nature, but the inhabitants of Sombrerete themselves recognize his contributions in mining, agriculture, and livestock, so you can see his portrait and his name in different places of the Magical Town.

When you arrive at the temple, the facade welcomes you with its imposing monolithic columns, whose unique characteristic is to have been carved in a single stone, since there is no other like it in the whole country.

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The religious enclosure keeps an enormous amount of sacred art with viceroyalty paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a catacomb that is located right in the center of the corridor towards the altar. Thus, in the middle of the pews used by the parishioners, another subterranean world appears to show its hidden secrets but at the same time in view of everyone.

Inside that subway, the gallery, are hidden not only the remains of nobles and religious but also candles and wax believed to date back to the time of the Cristero War, a time when this catacomb could have been used as a hiding place for missionaries and believers.

It is said that the discovery of the catacomb is not more than 50 years old and part of the discovery was made due to the looting of bandits who were looking for the remains of the Count of San Mateo de Valparaíso, benefactor or who contributed his wealth to the construction of this church. However, these were always in the part of the sacristy of the temple.

The importance of the Count, also known as Don Fernando de la Campa y Cos, is not only of a religious nature, but the inhabitants of Sombrerete themselves recognize his contributions in mining, agriculture, and livestock, so you can see his portrait and his name in different places of the Magical Town.

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