"The layout of this cathedral..." Cathedrals & Cloisters Tip by la_beba

Favorite thing: The layout of this cathedral was typical of the Spanish cathedral of the period, grand in its architecture and decorated with great artistic treasures by contemporary sculptors, painters, and silversmiths. Elevated to the rank of 'metropolitan' in 1743, its was probably the largest and most luxurious in Central America.
Among the ruins, we may still appreciate the elaborate decorations sculptured on the dome, columns and pillars, cornices and vaults. For almost 100 years, it?s survived three major earthquakes, but the earthquakes of 1773 destroyed it completely. Two of the chapels at the entrance remained almost intact; they were restored at the beginning of the XIX century and today are called the parish church of San Jose. This is a picture of the backside of the Cathedral.

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  • Written Oct 4, 2002
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