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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, Cultural
Owner description: This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.
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Vienna, Austria
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

The Templo La Valienciano was deserted when I visited at 10 in the morning. It is a wonderful example of churrigueresque architecture and worth a visit that can be combined with one of the old silver mines.

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Sydney
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

There are very few dedications to the toils of many poor Mexican miners. This is brilliant in the amount and intricacy of the gold and silver alters. the church is in need of renovation externally, but the inside is a must-see for any tour of Guanajuato. Best to take a taxi to the church (about 50 pesos) and a public... More 

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Ciudad Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The beauty of this church, built by the Counts of Valenciana with the enourmous riches coming from the local silver mines, will take your breath away! Located not far from the center of Guanajuato, it is an absolute "must" for every visitor who comes to Guanajuato. During the "Festival Cervantino", which takes place every year in October, the church serves... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I'm not sure if I could say it's worth the trip, but the detail in the gold on the inside is amazing. This church is located a decent distance outside of town, but it's probably worth the trip if you combine it with a stop in the Valencia Mines as well.

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Mexico City
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143 reviews 143 reviews
49 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The small church of the Valenciana, has the best altarpiece in all Guanajuato. A must while in Guanajuato.

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California
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1,027 attraction reviews
416 helpful votes 416 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This church, built in the late 1700's by a silver baron, has a beautiful, intricate facade and amazing golden altars inside. Located on a steep hill above the city, it also offers great views. I had walked up the hill to get there but took a rickety city bus back down. Very scary trip!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This basilica is on one of the city tours. It's up on the hillside so you go there by bus and it is right next to the Valenciana mine tour. My favorite part was the dome. It was just very beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Take the bus that will take you up the hill to see this place. It only costs five pesos for the bus ride. Beautifully done church, lots of ornate rock work overlaid in gold. Worth the trip up, there is also a mine next door you can go see and some more places to buy some neat souvenirs.

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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
19 helpful votes 19 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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