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    Iglesia de San Francisco

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 13, 2012

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    Founded in 1577 by the Franciscans, the Iglesia de San Francisco is the only thing remaining of the convent, built during the eighteenth century. The top floor is a single nave covered with a wood and tile roof. The facade is composed of three sections with a belfry and two side towers. Inside there are baroque altarpieces, a pulpit, and oil paintings in the form of medallions on the main altar and side chapel.

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    Iglesia de Guadelupe

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 13, 2012

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    I advise you to climb to the Church of the Virgin de Guadalupe which impressively perched on a high hill overlooking the town and you will be awed by the panorama as seen from the hill.
    The Iglesia del Cerro de Guadalupe is surrounded by a quant wooded small plaza, and consists of a single nave with a side chapel. It was built on top of the Cerro (hill) de Guadalupe in 1834. 79 steps are ascended to arrive at the top, the entrance of the church, rewarded with an unparalleled panoramic view of the city. On the main altar is located a canvas painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe in excellent condition. In the side chapel there is a carved image of the Virgin dating from 1850.

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    Real de Guadelupe

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    The city’s center maintains its Spanish colonial layout and much of its architecture, with red tile roofs, cobblestone streets and wrought iron balconies often with flowers. Most of the city’s economy is based on commerce, services and tourism.
    Tourism is based on the city’s history, culture and indigenous population, although the tourism itself has affected the city, giving it foreign elements.

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    Iglesia del Carmen

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 13, 2012

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    The Iglesia del Carmen (Carmen Church) with its simple facade and 18th century Moorish-style arch tower is all that remains of the former convent of La Encarnacion. The church and convent, built during the 17th century, once served as the entranceway to the city.
    The Iglesia and Arco del Carmen, is a unique structure and is considered part of a Mudejar sampling in Chiapas, because of its massively proportioned square floor, its ornamental details, and octagonal wooden dome with eight pointed star that covers the passageway, reminiscent of the alfarjes of Islamic art.
    It was built in the late seventeenth century, next to the enclosed Convent of the Incarnation, and formerly served as the gateway to the city.

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    Iglesia de San Cristobal

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 12, 2012

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    Not far from the Iglesia La Merced, between the La Merced and San Antonio neighborhoods, begins the long flight of steps that climb up to the Templo de San Cristobal, also known as El Cerrito, located at the top of the San Cristobal Martyr hill, patron of the city. This temple was built by Friar Juan de Ordonez in the late eighteenth century.

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    Convento de la Merced

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    The Church of La Merced, in spite of being erected in 1537, seems more contemporary in style because of being remodeled during the era of Porfidio Diaz, to a neoclassical style. Nevertheless the vestry, not without astonishment, preserves one of the buildings original vestiges, a roman arch supported by a pillar, decorated with handmade floral motifs and reliefs that represent the sun and the moon.
    Originally built in the 18th century, the Templo de la Merced (Merced Church) has been mostly rebuilt during the 20th century. The stucco decorations on the interior columns are original. The former Merced convent houses the city’s amber museum.

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    Iglesia de Santo Domingo

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 12, 2012

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    The Iglesia de Santo Domingo, whose main features are its gigantic ornate facade, and a pulpit of outstanding beauty, to which one arrives through a golden balustrade which is set over a carved pedestal, similar to a golden chalice.

    Built by the Dominican Friars in 1546, the Iglesia Ex Convento de Santo Domingo is one of the most important Baroque works in the region. Its facade, fully restored in 2006, is considered one of the most richly ornamented representations of the colonial Baroque style in all of Latin America.
    The interior of the church houses a striking pulpit, carved in golden wood with a one piece pedestal, as well as a beautiful collection of eight wooden baroque altarpieces made between the 16th and 17th centuries, some adorned with well-preserved paintings and sculptures of quilt wood and polychrome, of the Virgin of the Rosary and Holy Trinity.

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    Siren House

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    On the southern side of the Zocalo you will see La Casa de la Sirena (Siren House) which is one of the oldest civil buildings in San Cristobal. The walls and columns of the Siren House are adorned with the figures of lions and seahorses.

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    Palacio de Gobierno

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    The city hall, oftentimes called the Palacio de Gobierno, is a Neoclassical construction which was built in the 19th century by architect Carlos Z. Flores. It contains a series of arches supported by Tuscan columns.
    In front of the city hall at night, young men and women promenade past each other in opposite directions around the gazebo.

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    San Nicolas Temple

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 11, 2012

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    At the back of the Cathedral, there is an affixed church called the San Nicolás Temple. It was constructed between 1613 and 1621 in Moorish design by Augustinian monks for use by the indigenous population. It is the only church in the city which has not been significantly altered since its construction.
    The roof is pitched and pyramid shaped built with wood and tile, and its facade is made of stone and brick with little ornamentation.

    You can watch my 1 min 19 sec Video San Cristobal de las Casas late evening out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Cathedral

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 11, 2012

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    The Cathedral is to the north of the main plaza and it is the most emblematic symbol of the city. However, the main facade does not face the Zocalo, rather it faces its own atrium which is called the Cathedral Plaza.
    The main facade was finished in 1721 and some final touches were added in the 20th century. It is Baroque painted yellow with ornamental columns and niches in which are various saints.
    It is divided into three horizontal and three vertical levels marked off by pairs of Solomonic columns and meant to resemble an altarpiece. It is further decorated with intricate raised stucco work mostly in white which show Oaxaca and Guatemalan influences.

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    Zocalo

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 11, 2012

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    The center of the city is its main plaza with official name Plaza 31 de Marzo, but as it is in Mexican cities more often simply called the Zocalo.
    In the colonial era, the city’s main market was here as well as the main water supply. Today, it is centered on a kiosk which was added in the early 20th century. The corners of this structure have inscriptions marking the major events of San Cristóbal’s history. The rest of the plaza is filled with gardens and surrounded by the most important buildings and finest homes from the history of the city. Surrounding this plaza are the city’s most important buildings such as the Cathedral and the City Hall.

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    You can watch my photo of San Cristobal de las Casas on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 16° 44' 13.74" N 92° 38' 15.22" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kiosk at Zocalo.

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    Museo del Ambar

    by draguza Written Feb 13, 2012
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    If you've been in this town any time at all, you know what a big deal amber is here. Chiapas is the third-largest producer of amber in the world, and many experts prefer its amber for its colors and clarity. A couple of stores tried calling themselves museums, but they didn't fool anybody. Now a real museum moves methodically through all the issues surrounding amber -- mining, shaping, and identifying it, as well as the different varieties found in other parts of the world. It's interesting, it's cheap, and you get to see the restored area of the old convent it occupies. There are a couple of beautiful pieces of worked amber that are on permanent loan -- make sure you see them. In mid-August, the museum holds a contest for local artisans who work amber; they do remarkable work.

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    Templo de San Cristobal

    by draguza Updated Feb 12, 2012

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    For the best view of San Cristóbal, climb the seemingly endless steps to this church and mirador (lookout point). A visit here requires stamina. There are 22 more churches in town, some of which also demand strenuous climbs.

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    Na Bolom

    by Travmad Updated Jan 26, 2012
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    Another informative museum and information library on the Lacadon people of Chiapas. The previous home of Franz and Gertrude Blom who make their life work helping the Lacandon people keep their rain forest and way of life. There is also a restaurant and hotel at on the premises. Hours 9 to 8 daily tours from 4:30 Tuesday and Sunday.

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