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Templo La Valenciana

Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Ranked #11 of 32 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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595 reviews 595 reviews
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139 helpful votes 139 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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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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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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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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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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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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