Elaborate ornamented facadeOne of three fabulous churches near San Andrés Cholula, (the others are Santa Maria Tonantzintla and San Bernardino Tlaxcalancingo), San Francisco Acatepec has a spectacular facade, described by Mexican art historian Don Manuel Toussaint as a "porcelain temple." The entire front is totally covered with locally produced talavera (ceramic) tiles in rich reds, blues, and yellows. (Talavera is the famous trademark pottery of the capital city of Puebla, less than an hour away.) Usually classified as Baroque architecture or Spanish Baroque Churrigueresque, the church boast incredible decorative details, some with a distinctly Moorish origin--especially in the central portal.
Encrusted spiral columns and flame finials on south bell tower
Top register above the bell tower with folk caryatids (see below, center); plain north tower
Tiles laid in herringbone patterns and tiles decorated with floral motifs;
|The front facade features four alcoves, in two registers, each with a larger than life-size saint, in the top register flanked by candlestick columns, and in the bottom by tile-covered round columns.|
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