Thursday, June 7, 2012

The church on the top of a pyramid

I am determined to get a good shot of El Popo, the volcano.  However, it appears it will not happen.  The volcano shrouds itself with a cloud of ash, smog and mist. 

Last night I paid the tour guide to take me to Chulula so that I could go up a pyramid to a church at the top and try to take a picture of the volcano from there.  Didn't work.  But the church is absolutely beautiful.  We arrived at just about sunset so the pyramid was closed to tourist for the day.

The art work inside all of the churches in Puebla and Chulula are outstanding.  The influence of the Spanish and the Moors are evident on every wall, every floor and every ceiling.  The churches are  elaborate and impressive.  Truly they are art museums in and of themselves.  There is no flash allowed and I don't have a tripod with me so all of my images of the inside are blurry.

The Spaniards built the church on top of the pyramid in 1596, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.  

The Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl (Nahuatl for "artificial mountain"), is a huge complex located in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. It is the largest archaeological site of a pyramid (temple) in the New World. The pyramid stands 55 metres (180 ft) above the surrounding plain, and in its final form it measured 400 by 400 metres (1,300 by 1,300 ft).The pyramid is a temple that has traditionally been viewed as having been dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl.

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