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Templo La Valenciana

Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Guanajuato
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.
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177 reviews 177 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This normally forms part of one of the 120 peso tours from central Guanajuato (includes visits to the silver mine and the Inquisitiion museum, both charging a few extra pesos). Classic Mexican church architecture, gorgeous on a sunny day. Recommend taking your own food to eat on a park bench since there appears to be no restaurants in the area.... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Funded by the riches of the Valencia mine this is the usual ornate church similar to Tasco. I guess the owners tried to atone for all the suffering and deaths of the exploited miners.I am not a particular fan of churches but this one has some different features in the columns on the outside. The church was built in the... More

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Well worth the visit, the three altars, all heavily covered in Gold leaf are quite remarkable. They are a testament to the gold recovered from the Valencia mine and the dedication to building a church to reflect the miners hard work in the mines and being an early part of the Revolutionary struggle.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This building is amazing, when you think about how they might have constructed this back in the time with no heavy machines, I am sure this has nothing on the huge Europe churches but it certainly is stunning.

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The Templo La Valenciana church itself was lovely. However, there is not much to speak of in the surrounding area that was within walking distance. In fact, when the cab driver dropped us off, we were approached by a man trying to convince us (in Spanish) to visit a local mining operation right around the corner. Despite our objections, he... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

A richly decorated but still not overloaded huge church, built for the miners. The mine is still running.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

This church is a bit run down and a long bus or taxi ride from the central attractions. I didn't think it was worth the effort to get there. Unless you are visiting the silver mines as well, I would concentrate on the attractions that are closer to the historic center of town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you dont take a tour, just take a taxi to the "valenciana" church, named after "san cayetano" this place is magnificent and you can pay a guided tour for around 3 us dlls

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Rosario, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Easy to get to by taking the bus (camion) marked "Valenciana". The interior altarpieces are, according to art-history sources, amongst the most beautiful in Mexican churrigueresque style. The altarpieces are dedicated to San Cayetano, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Assumption. Nearby are several old mines, including La Valenciana, now run by a group related to the University of Guanajuato.

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Puerto Vallarta Mexi
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6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This area was established by the Valencia family of silver mining fame. The Valencia hacienda is across the street from the church and also worth walking around. The interior courtyard has a small cafe, shop and candy store and is free to browse around. The church itself is not large by standard but is very ornate and requires time to... More

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