5 de Mayo, Centro Histórico, Puebla, Mexico
NileGuide Expert tip:
The church opens everyday from 7:30 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00. If you happen to go while a mass is being celebrated, just be quiet and go to the aisle on your left hand side to get to the chapel without interrupting the congregation.
church houses the impressive Capilla del Rosario
(Rosary Chapel). Built in 1690, the chapel is an unique example of Mexican Baroque style. Its strong ornamentation in gilded stucco and onyx stonework has amazed visitors from all over the world for centuries.
On the vault one can see the three theological virtues, according to the Catholic Church, framed by foliage. On the copula, the Grace is accompanied by the Holy Ghost and 16 saints of the Dominican Order. José Rodríguez Carnero painted the six large canvas on the wall allusive to the Virgin Mary. Many other figures, vegetation, flowers and cherubs can be found all over the golden stucco.
This magnificent church was considered the "Eight Wonder of the World" when finished. It's an superb spectacle you can't miss.