The Parish church's facade has a statue of the Inmaculate Conception and Doric order elements. Inside, notable elements include removable floorboards and nineteenth-century frescos in the baptism room. The transepts have a superb neoclassical Saint Joseph altar which retains its original stucco and painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe signed by Jose de Alcibar. The nave holds a painting of Saint Francis and one of Nuestra Senora Del Refugio, patron saint of the miners. Next to the sacristy is a collection of votive offerings donated by grateful pilgrims.
First a small visit to the hippie place here on the kiosk to see what they sell.
Because of the Peyote, you will find lots of hippies here. Those hippies are not only from Mexico, a lot of them are from the USA, and some other countries. Here you find the Americans of peace instead of the ones of war ;-)
After this entrance there is one obstacle, the Ogarrio Tunnel, opened in 1901.
This cobble stoned tunnel is about 3 kilometres long.
Here we had to wait until the cars from the other direction passed by.
After about 15 minutes it was our turn to drive into the tunnel.
It is not possible to take a high speed here, and the shade and cool is more then welcome after driving and waiting in the burning sun…
The redecorated church was inaugurated in 1817. The neo-gothic painting dedicated Saint Francis dates from the late nineteenth century.
The 1905 fall in silver prices brought about the abandonment of Real de Catorce’s mining operations. The Mexican Revolution caused worship at the church to be suspended and the parish was expropriated. In 1939, Father Albino Enríquez came to its rescue and had it restored. He redecorated the church and erected the tower, installing on it a clock donated by Porfirío Díaz back in 1895 on his visit to the Santa Ana Mine.
When Catorce was visited by Bishop Cabañas in 1797 it had 7,300 perishioners; the church had not be finished, but it did have wooded roofing, eight paintings of saints and a painting of the Inmaculate Conception painted in perspective in a stained-glass panel over the main altar.
The dome caved in 1800 and was rebuild shortly after. By 1807 a military engineer and professor at the Royal Academy of San Carlos named Juan Crouset was at work on this project and the present neoclassical façade is due him.
When the miners signed the certificate for the founding of the mining town of Real de la Purisma Conceptión de Catorce, they promised to donate a weekly amount in silver for building their church. It was run by Franciscans from Charcas Convent until 1790, when Catorce became a parish accountable to the Guadalajara diocese and so was taken over by secular clergy. Its small size and run-down condition led to the construction of a larger parish.
Indeed, she found it ;-)
Looking up on the last shop, "La Purísima Concepción Temple” shows up.
For me it is a church like twelve is a dozen, but maybe interesting for the experts among us. More detailed info you can read in the next chapters…
Leaving the church and going a little up, you will be amazed about the very small main square. Except a fountain, the town hall and in the background the “La Purísima Concepción Temple”, there is nothing to see…
In 1800 the entrepreneur Diego Gonzáles Lavín restored the bullfight arena. In the rear esplanade, a high wall that was used to play the game called “rebote” (using a small ball, similar to pelota court), can be seen…
It represents the perspective of a great colonnade, with five large arches in two levels, where representative figures of the King a Queen and the main officials of Real were placed…
The Real de Catorce Sanctuary dates back to the XVIII century, when in 1793, the first stone was laid. The cemetery is made up of two sections; one is dedicated to San Francisco de Asís, and the other to the Virgin of Guadalupe.
In 1863, entrepreneur Diego Conzáles Lavín made the new arena using stone blocks, except the bleachers, which were made of wood. In 1977, a few mollifications were made by the town hall reconstructing the ring, and the bleachers were made of stone.
I don’t have so many pictures from myself in Real de Catorce, so here is one…
It was taken at the fountain on the main square.
What I can say here? Only that the fountain wasn’t working and it was filled up with dirty water and rubbish from the tourists…
To make the page a little bigger *lol*, take a view at the town hall.
I went inside and more then only one man who was selling (a few) postcards and a Coca Cola machine was not there.
Coming back outside the church you see the statue of Saint Francisco. You can see that to if you go in the church ;-)
The devotees of the image of San Francisco de Asís call it lovely “El Charrito”. Originally it was revered in the Guadalupe Chapel, located at the cemetery that carries the same name. Later, praise was opened to today’s parish, dedicated to the Purisma Conception.
As the origin of the image, its source is not confirmed. It was believed that, one day, a dolt arrived carrying on its back the image or sculpture of San Francisco de Asís. Another version is that the Franciscan monks brought it, from the neighbouring state of Zacatecas. San Francisco de Asís is venerated in the legendary city of Real de Catorce on 4 October, each year.