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“Colourful Paintings Inside Old Church”

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Owner description: This 18th-century church contains an impressive selection of indigenous artwork.
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Myanmar
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“Colourful Paintings Inside Old Church”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

Atotonilco Sanctuary, otherwise known as the Sanctuary of Jesus the Nazarene, was built in the early 1700s. Renovation works are ongoing in parts of the church. It is famous as a pilgrim destination, for flagellation practices and hot springs. Most of the grounds are off bounds, as nuns reside there.
The walls and ceilings of the old church are covered in colourful paintings of scenes from the Biblical account of Jesus´ trial and crucifixion.
To the right of the church entrance is a cafeteria and shop run by nuns. Snacks and drinks are served there.
Atotonilco is a quiet, small village with a few shops and street stalls selling food and drinks.
Buses run roughly once an hour from San Miguel de Allende to Atotonilco taking about 30 minutes.

Visited May 2012
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“Fabulous painted church”
Reviewed February 14, 2012

Atotonilco is a wonderful UNESCO world heritage site. The church is beautifully painted and is free to enter. However, it is most famous for the chapel immediately to the left of the main entrance. You need to ask the lady selling rosaries etc to get the guard to let you in. It is 15 pesos per person and totally worth it. The standard of the frescoes is breathtaking and is unique. If you are in San Miguel, you need to visit this. It is only 10 minutes away from the city itself by car/taxi.

I absolutely recommend visiting it - you will kick yourself if you don't.

Visited February 2012
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