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Iglesia de San Cayetano

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Address: Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico
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This old church was built by the Count of Valenciana, the first owner of...

This old church was built by the Count of Valenciana, the first owner of the town's silver mine.

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Why Not Make a Quick Visit if You've Traveled to see the Mines?

This is a pretty church whose most interesting feature is the gold leafed Retablo or altar backdrop. So while it's not worth a visit in and of itself, if you're already making a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a pretty church whose most interesting feature is the gold leafed Retablo or altar backdrop. So while it's not worth a visit in and of itself, if you're already making a trip to see the Valenciana mine, this church is worth a quick peek.

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Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here briefly and it was worth it. Very picturesque. The cathedral has only one tower which is unusual for a cathedral. I don't know why, none of the brochures tell the story. You may be able to find out from one of the locals or take a guided tour. Since we didn't pay for the tour we didn't... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Inside the carved wooden altars are gilded with gold leaf and possibly the most elaborate example in Mecico. The pulpit is lavishly encrusted with ivory and precious hardwoods and magnificent paintings depicting scenes from the Bible adorn the walls. The exterior made of pink stone and the front facade is a mixture of the finest stone carvings.

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Thank Russ L
McKinleyville, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Old, interesting but unfortunately nothing rings a bell (pun intended). Its hard not to appreciate the work and especially the day in which it was done.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

this ancient edifice is right next to the Hotel San Diego. and towers over the Jardine de la Union. Don't miss this one.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Just a short drive from Guanajuato and worth the drive. Very historic and good example of Christian Churches in that area.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Caught a bus up the hill to this well-known church built in the gold days of Guanajuato. While small, the level of detail and sparkle is well worth to trip.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Incredible altar done with gold leaf. Very ornate carvings line the interior walls of the church. The church was completed in 1788 and sponsored by the owners of La Valencina mine.

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La Mesa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015

even if you are not Christian/Catholic this is a majestic church, with it 3 altars, the detail of the craftsmanship is breathtaking

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

Impressive golden altars. This is a beautiful church not to be missed. And the views of Guanajuato from the hillside are stunning. There are not a lot of places to park here, so it is best to taxi from town. The church is close by the La Valenciana mine and can be visited at the same time. Interesting history.

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