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The temple that thanks God

The owner of the mine promised God that if minerals would be find he construct a chapel. It turned... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2012
Horacio R
Queretaro, México
One of the great Baroque Mexican churches

Built by the miners during Guanajuato's silver boom. The gold-painted altar makes a dazzling... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2012
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This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

The owner of the mine promised God that if minerals would be find he construct a chapel. It turned out to be one of the richest silver mine in the world. Instead of a chapel this gorgeous church has been constructed. The church itself is...More

Thank Horacio R
Reviewed 24 May 2012

Built by the miners during Guanajuato's silver boom. The gold-painted altar makes a dazzling backdrop for the distinguished musicians who play at the International Cervantino Festival.

Thank raquelita
Reviewed 20 May 2012

This has to be one of the nicest old churches in one of the best settings in all of Guanajuato. The view of Guanajuato from the exterior patio in front of the church is really excellent. The baroque detailing on the outside of the church...More

Thank Nan N
Reviewed 24 April 2012

Not to be missed, also listed as the Templo Valenciana.

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 22 April 2012

It is about ten mins out of town, I would take the drive up to see it. There are many small attractions to see in the area for tourist.

Thank Dougzihua
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Incredible interior. You can spend ages inside this church. Taxi there no problem, took bus back as no taxis available. Right beside mine.

Thank neesam
Reviewed 16 April 2012

A little awkward to visit - I walked and a portion of the way is along the highway to Dolore Hidalgo - for most I recommend cab or bus despite the great views along the way. The church sites at a commanding location in the...More

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 5 April 2012

A catherdral size church in a small town with wonderful paintings and altars. The view looking down on this church from slightly higher up the hill, with the town in the valley behind it and the mountains beyond that is simply amazing.

Thank GCM
Reviewed 4 April 2012

This church is totally dipped in gold that came from the mines. The history of this luxury juxtaposed against the suffering of the enslaved minors is somewhat disturbing, but offers a clear picture of the vast differences in class for the natives of this region.

Thank andrine23
Reviewed 5 March 2012

17th century mining town this wonderful church sought to show the world the richness of the mines which exploited the people of the region.

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Response from Fred H | Reviewed this property |
Cervantino is a major event in Guanajuato each October. You can find the schedule of events by searching online for "Cervantino". There are hundreds of events over the 4 week period, and the crowds make getting around on... More