Catholic Mexico has no end of exquisite churches, temples and ex-convents for the intrigued traveller to take a look at; some feature unique and eclectic architecture, while others have outstandingly ornate interiors. While we’ve already explored the country’s most beautiful cathedrals, it’s time to discover the churches – here are our top 10 most aesthetically pleasing selections.
The second Templo de Santo Domingo to make our list, this one is to be found not in Oaxaca but in the understandably popular traveller town of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Architecturally speaking, this is one of the state’s greatest examples of Chiapan Baroque and the ornate façade features exquisite rose coloured stone as well as indigenous symbols. Stepping inside, you’ll find a skilfully carved oak pulpit and several altarpieces.
Mexico City’s Basilica is the world’s most heavily frequented Catholic attraction, drawing thousands of curious onlookers and religious pilgrims each year. However, while the modern basilica is where most of the action now takes place, the old basilica is easily the more beautiful edifice. After many years of restoration, due to the sinking foundations of practically the entirety of Mexico City, the old basilica is now open to the public once more and makes for an unmissable Mexican attraction.
Puebla City’s first and only entry on our guide to beautiful churches goes to the Parroquia de la Santa Cruz, which is a smaller and simpler offering than some of the enormous, hugely ornate examples we’ve seen so far. However, despite its apparent simplicity, the vibrant exterior walls are still beautifully decorated, as is the colourful blue and yellow tiled dome and the interior décor is just as impressive as the external offerings.
Finally, the western state of Jalisco is represented by one of its capital city’s most magnificent temples, the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento. Unique to this list in that the architecture is Neo-Gothic rather than Baroque, it remains one of the country’s grandest examples of this style. The façade allows the huge granadilla wood doors, dotted with bronze reliefs, to stand out, as well as the stained-glass windows. However, its clock is perhaps of most note; imported from Germany, whenever it plays music, miniature figures of the 12 apostles rotate in and out of the tower.