domingo, 3 de julio de 2016

The Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacan



The Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, in the municipality of Huiramba, 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Patzcuaro on the Highway No. 14, is a place that we widely recommend to our guests at Hotel Mansion Iturbe.
Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacán
Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacán

Also known as the Sistine Chapel of Michoacán, its construction dates from the 16th century, and was moved forward by the Creole clergyman originally from Patzcuaro, Don Diego Fernández de Villegas.  The temple, dedicated to the devotion to the “Lord of the Pines,” is renowned for its construction using local techniques.
Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacán
Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacán

In the Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, you can admire one of the few ceilings from the 18th century in Mexico that was painted with the help of the local indigenous. 
Celling from the Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro
Celling from the Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro
When visiting the Temple of Apostle Santiago, give yourself time to appreciate the detailing of this fine work of art.
The polychrome woodwork will mesmerize you with its 23.5-carat gold leaf. You will find different paintings, such as that of Apostle Santiago himself, the Adoration of the Kings, the Crowning of Thorns, the Road to Calvary, Flogging, and Praying in the Garden.

Polychrome woodwork at Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro
Polychrome woodwork at Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro

The original wood floors are tops of tombs, which was not an uncommon practice during that epoch.
You will be amazed and delighted with the myriad of details of the paintings from the colonial period on the walls. Also next to the sacristy, you'll find a small museum, highlighting figures of “pasta de caña” (corn stalk paste) and various paintings of the 18th century, among others.
The foundation Adopt a Work of Art played a vital role in the restoration of this colonial gem, and highlights the care and pride and sense of belonging that the community has for their heritage.
Please note the following:

  • Limit your photographs to three; and
  • Please use no flash.

Inside the temple, you will find a knowledgeable and helpful community member, whose task it is to protect this precious heritage and attend to the visitors.  To get the most out of this visit, it would be helpful if you have a good handle on Spanish – or find an interpreter before you go – so you can ask the representative questions that you are bound to have.
The Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacan
The Temple of Apostle Santiago in Tupataro, Michoacan

Visit this temple, at such a short distance from our Magical Town, Patzcuaro.  It’s an unforgettable experience for art lovers and culture buffs alike.


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