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Templo La Valenciana

516 Reviews

Templo La Valenciana

516 Reviews
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Guanajuato City Tour
$111.00 per adult
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Plazuela de Valenciana, Guanajuato 36023 Mexico
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Private Tour in Guanajuato Capital Leaving San Miguel Allende
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Private Tour in Guanajuato Capital Leaving San Miguel Allende

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Tour in the beautiful city of Guanajuato visiting its mines and its main attractions with an explanation of the city what it was and what has been transformed throughout its history
$220.00 per adult
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iCritic wrote a review Jun 2019
San Diego, California403 contributions232 helpful votes
A gorgeous 18th century structure built at the opening of the La Valencia mine - where the largest silver vein in Mexico is located. The amount and use of gold leaf in the church is incredible. A great stop on the way to a mine tour.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Gary L wrote a review Apr 2019
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico134 contributions73 helpful votes
To understand the mines, and the wealth that flowed from those sites, it helps to visit the church -- three gold leaf altars. You can imagine the owners praying that the abundance continued forever.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Jose Luis V wrote a review Apr 2019
San Bernardino Tlaxcalancingo, Mexico140 contributions15 helpful votes
Ok place to go. 15 mins by car or bus. View is nice as you start to go up the hill. Around the Templo you will see lots of stores that sell silver and stones from the mines. Templo is nice and all cover in gold.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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KenH_CAZC wrote a review Apr 2019
Phoenix, AZ134 contributions71 helpful votes
When we visited this cathedral, it looked like the "norm" for cathedrals in small Mexican villages... and then you go inside and discover enormous golden altars [the church is built over a mine] that simply defy imagination. Our guide told us of the richness of the mine below - the % of gold to extracted stone was ridiculous -- and then the 'other' secret was divulged. The work force that had built the church [indigenous Indian slaves] had carved the faces of "their" gods into the stonework of the interior walls and columns. Years later, priests began to notice that the Indians, when attending mass, turned toward the columns rather than the altars. Church leaders discovered this "sacrilege" had been done across Mexico, and the Church instituted a "purge" of the symbolism - nation-wide. In the cathedral, the mine below had closed, the population of the community greatly diminished, and the church was forgotten. The cleansing of the "Indian" Gods never occurred -- and they are still visible today. A remarkable "accident" in Mexican history - and well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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chitownsam wrote a review Apr 2019
Chicago, Illinois2,120 contributions711 helpful votes
Its a short cab/bus ride from town. There were a lot of tours/guides there. A number of stalls/shops surrounding the church. It's a beautiful church built by a silver baron. Buses back to town leave every 20 minutes. While there are no cabs waiting at the Temple, we were able to snag one who had just dropped off a fare for the ride back. 50 pesos.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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