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The Unknown But Award-Winning Palmillas Temple

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The Unknown But Award-Winning Palmillas Temple

San Luis de la Paz, Gto. Sunday, February 19, 2012.  Northwest of San Luis de la Paz, in the captivating Sierra Gorda, is located the community of Palmillas.  It has a beautiful and old temple, unknown to those who inhabit this place and its surroundings, but which in 2007 was first place in the State of Guanajuato Cultural Built Heritage Awards, in the category of religious monuments. This unique attraction deserves to be discovered by all.

In the natural scenery, among colorful mountains and dense trees, its Gothic style architecture stands out.  The bell tower itself represents a man´s hands raised in prayer.  This makes sense, as the hands of man are the symbol of the Gothic style.  The architectural plant is a Latin cross, and the style of the altar is Baroque.  The carved wood of the main door and floor enriches its beauty.

The building of this religious site had its development in three stages.  The first was done by the Jesuits, who contributed with the functionality and austere elements.  The second was made by the French, who left as a legacy the Gothic style.  And the third was performed by Father Pablo Rosales, who served for 40 years in this temple.  Besides being a priest, he was a sculptor, carpenter and cabinetmaker.

For many years, the community of Palmillas belonged to the territory of the Parish of San Pedro de los Pozos (Mineral de Pozos).  Currently, it is part of the parish territory of San Jose de Jofre, as well as the communities of El Chupadero, Jofre, El Bozo, Labor de Gamboa, La Encina, Santiaguillo, Mesas de Jesus, Mesa de Palotes, Vergel de Bernalejo, La Escondida, Macuala and Milpillas.


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