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Plazuela de Valenciana, Guanajuato 36023, Mexico
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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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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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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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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 -
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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
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