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Templo La Valenciana

Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Ranked #11 of 31 Attractions in Guanajuato
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Yes, it was beautiful, and gave me a different thing to do, but I guess the big part of Mexican/Spanish culture is to see many churches, and take many pics of churches. Nada más para mí. Took a local bus to go to "Valenciana" across from the Alhóndiga Museum. 5 pesos. Be careful when returning back by bus, because they... More

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Austin, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Exquisite church facade, set on a hillside with the view of a beautiful valley- very worth seeing! A short distance is the entrance to the mine now closed. If you are claustrophobic like me, don't go, otherwise can be very interesting I am told.

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Oxnard, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

What can i say about this place, other than one of the nicest churches, i have been to. very relevant from a christian standpoint! very nice!

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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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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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115 reviews 115 reviews
22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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