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Templo La Valenciana

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Address: Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico
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This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby...

This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.

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This church is absolutely amazing, the decoration of the interior is in GOLD, the outside ir "Cantera Rosada", is a place to know before you leave Guanajuato.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is absolutely amazing, the decoration of the interior is in GOLD, the outside ir "Cantera Rosada", is a place to know before you leave Guanajuato.

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Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Travel on the rural route to La Valenciana and pass through Santa Rosa ....The pottery town.The history of mining in La Valenciana is interesting as are the mummy museum, the mining museum, and the Catrina museum just outside of town.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

While funded by the misery of miners who worked in the nearby silver mine, the templo is a very ornate church, both inside and out. Using a soft sandstone on the exterior allowed very intricate carvings on the church's facade (rather than the applique of plaster that is more the norm on churches of the region. The interior altars are... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Learn a bit of the history first or hire one of the excellent guides. This is an important landmark and should not be missed.

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

The tour guide did a wonderful job or relating the history of church. He was well informed on the contribution made by the owner of the mine who in gratitude for his wealth built this church. This church was built on the gold from the oldest an wealthiest mind in the Americas.

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Lufkin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

My wife and I attended a music ensemble event in the Templo la Valenciana during the 2016 Cervantino. The acoustics were good, but the church pews were pretty uncomfortable. The front of the church with all the gold artifacts were striking, and the huge ceilings and walls adorned with heads and artifacts was amazing, but also a little creepy. Worth... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Templo La Valenciana was a pretty church I visited after visiting the mines. The location is an easy cab ride from the historic center. I planned on visiting the mines, and this church was nearby. The church itself was beautiful! The inside was gorgeous, lots of gold and detailed architecture. When I was there I followed a path, through the... More 

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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

it's a big church with amazing,spectacular architecture,the inside is just beautiful it is mostly made of gold and rock

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

If you are interested in churches, do not miss Valenciana. I would strongly suggest hiring a local guide to explain the history and the intricacies (available at the entrance) - a tour takes about 30 minutes.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Temple La Valenciana is one of the most contrived churches in Guanajuato. Inside is of the most ornate and decorative Churrigueresque carvings found in Central Mexico. The extravagant Temple La Valenciana was funded by the deepest and most dangerous silver mine of Guanajuato and was partially constructed to appease the religious consciousness of the Spanish silver barons. It is one... More 

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