Los Santuarios

If you know me well, you know how much I love architecture.
But this.
This was on an entirely different level.

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While venturing outside the city, each tour involved a visit to a nearby church.  Now, I’m not a religious guy, but they were truly breathtaking. Awe-inspiring. And heartbreaking, especially when the guide tells you about why the church was built. And how.

My biggest take away from visiting the churches: it’s depressing to realize how common cultural holocaust really is. New people come, meet the native people, decide their culture and religion isn’t good enough, and force them to convert. I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I still haven’t. Forced to destroy, literally, everything they’ve worshipped and celebrated in order to slave away on a new structure and begin worshipping something new.

Don’t ever forget about the people who were here first,
no matter what is standing before you.

Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of Cuernavaca

The Church of Santa Prisca

Iglesia de Santo Domingo 

Until next time,
That guy

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