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“silver riches funded this church”

Templo La Valenciana
Ranked #9 of 76 things to do in Guanajuato
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Owner description: This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Funded by the riches of the Valencia mine this is the usual ornate church similar to Tasco. I guess the owners tried to atone for all the suffering and deaths of the exploited miners.I am not a particular fan of churches but this one has some different features in the columns on the outside. The church was built in the shape of a cross like many. If I understood correctly the founder the mine and Patron of the church covered the walk from his hacienda to the church in silver for his daughter's wedding so she did not have to walk on the stones. I guess all on the backs of the Mexican Indian peasants!!

Thank hflatt
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Well worth the visit, the three altars, all heavily covered in Gold leaf are quite remarkable. They are a testament to the gold recovered from the Valencia mine and the dedication to building a church to reflect the miners hard work in the mines and being an early part of the Revolutionary struggle.

Thank John M
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

This building is amazing, when you think about how they might have constructed this back in the time with no heavy machines, I am sure this has nothing on the huge Europe churches but it certainly is stunning.

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

The Templo La Valenciana church itself was lovely. However, there is not much to speak of in the surrounding area that was within walking distance. In fact, when the cab driver dropped us off, we were approached by a man trying to convince us (in Spanish) to visit a local mining operation right around the corner. Despite our objections, he continued to mislead us as to where to go until we were trapped in a blind alleyway - all the while whistling to friends who were whistling back (very eerie). This made us very uncomfortable and we wondered if we were walking into some type of ambush so we turned around ignoring the directions he was giving us. We wouldn't recommend visiting this part of town.

Thank Melissa D
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

You can't miss this place, there is not a lot of information there about the history of the church, but do some research to learn about the value of this place. It's really incredible.

Thank aairal
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