Historic Centre of Zacatecas

I left Guadalajara in an epic rainstorm (linked to a hurricane or tropical storm I understand) and went north to Zacatecas. This town was founded in the mid 16th century after the discovery of a major silver lode in the area. The historic centre sits in a steep sided narrow valley overlooked by a high rocky outcrop.

Zacatecas

Zacatecas

This is another town centre that feels small although the suburbs spread out a fair way. There are some low key old buildings, lots of Baroque churches and a suprising number of museums. Of the latter I visited one, a museum of masks housed in a former monastery. The collection appeared to have been put together by an artist and the masks are mostly 19th and 20th century Mexican ones, used for traditional dances and festivals. As usual, I particularly liked the representations of the devil.

Zacatecas - mask museum

Zacatecas - mask museum

The cathedral has a wonderfully frilly facade,

Zacatecas - cathedral

Zacatecas - cathedral

with these delightful cheruby things embedded in the stone foliage:

Zacatecas - cathedral

Zacatecas - cathedral

In contrast, the buildings opposite the main square are surprisingly plain.

Zacatecas

Zacatecas

For the Lego model I decided to go with this church, the Templo do San Domingo:

Zacatecas - Templo de San Domingo

Zacatecas - Templo de San Domingo

Which contained, in one of its many carved wooden gilt altars, a curious figure (well, doll) of the infant Jesus playing doctor:

Zacatecas - Templo de San Domingo

Zacatecas - Templo de San Domingo

And here’s the church in Lego:

Lego Zacatecas - Templo de San Domingo

Lego Zacatecas - Templo de San Domingo

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