Metropolitan Cathedral / Vicereine's Balcony

Metropolitan Cathedral / Vicereine's Balcony (HM2FHE)

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  Catedral MetropolitanaLa Catedral de San Luis Potosí es un bello templo barroco de planta basilical con bóvedas y una torre de tres cuerpos con detalles en argamasa. Originalmente fue una sencilla ermita erigida en 1593 que creció hasta que en 1730 quedó constituida como templo parroquial. A mediados del siglo XIX se amplió y se construyeron los altares laterales. Fue elevada a obispado en 1854.Hacia 1896 el Obispo Montes de Oca encargó una remodelación. Sustituyó el altar por una escultura de San Sebastián, copia de Tito Tadolini, y colocó en los pretiles el apostolado de cantería de la fachada princpal, sustituyéndolo por uno de mármol de Carrara, inspirado en el de Bernini de San Juan de Letrán en Roma. Para el centenario de la Independencia, Gerardo y Eduardo Meade donaron los recursos para la segunda torre, obra del maestro cantero Florentino Rico Quintana. Balcón de la VirreinaEsta fue la casa del brigadier Félix María Calleja, Virrey de la Nueva España y de su esposa doña María Francisca de la Gándara. El balcón de esta casa es uno de los balcones barrocos más bellos que se conservan



en la ciudad, compuesto de elementos arquitectónicos en cantería con forma de media naranja ricamente tallados, así como los costados de las puertas con decoraciones esculpidas con formas humanas, además de sus bellos herrajes. Las casas vecinas también presentan detalles arquitectónicos barrocos ricamente tallados y con motivos religiosos.
English:Metropolitan CathedralThe Cathedral of San Luis Potosí is a beautiful baroque temple with a basilica plan, vaults and a three-body tower with mortar details. It stands where a simple chapel was erected in 1593, that grew until it was established in 1730 as the parish church. In the middle of the 19th century it was enlarged and the side alters were built. It was elevated to the Bishopric in 1854.Around 1896, Bishop Montes de Oca ordered the main altar to be replaced
with a sculpture of Saint Sebastian, a copy by Tito Tadolini, and the stone-worked apostolate of the main facade to be placed in the parapets and replaced with Carrara marble ones, inspired by those in St. John Lateran in Rome by Bernini. For the Independence Centennial, Gerardo and Eduardo Meade donated the resources for the second tower, a work by Master stonemason Florentino Rico Quintana. Vicereine's BalconyThis was the house of Brigadier Félix María Calleja, Viceroy of New Spain, and his wife,



María Francisca de la Gándara. The balcony of the house is one of the most beautiful baroque balconies preserved in the city, composed of architecturally stone-worked elements in the shape of half of an orange, elaborately carved, as well as the sides of the doors decorated with sculpted human forms, and also with its beautiful ironwork. The neighboring houses also show baroque architectural details that are elaborately carved with religious motifs.
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Placed ByUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
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Date Added Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 296208 N 2450923
Decimal Degrees22.15151667, -100.97615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 22° 9.091', W 100° 58.569'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds22° 9' 5.46" N, 100° 58' 34.14" W
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