White and Golden Church


Church Door

Convent and church of Carmen.

This door belongs to the Convent of the Immaculate Conception of the Discalced Carmelites, which was founded in 1698, in Toluca, State of Mexico.

This is my entry for Thurdays Doors, at Norm’s Blog.

Church Tower

Puebla, Mexico

Templo de la Profesa

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I love the impressive detail of the carved stone at Templo de la Profesa. Amazing, isn’t it? Take a closer look:

Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown
Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown.

This Catholic church is commonly known as Templo de la Profesa, although its official name is Oratorio de San Felipe Neri (Oratory of Saint Philip Nery). It is a baroque style building (inside is neoclassic), designed and constructed by Pedro de Arrieta between 1714 and 1720, and financed by the Marquis de Villapuente de la Peña and his wife the Marchioness de las Torres de Rada.

It originally belonged to the Society of Jesus, and in those days it was named Templo de San José el Real, but in 1767 with the expulsion of that religious congregation from the Spanish domains, The Profesa Temple was given to the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Nery.

It was constructed with quarry and tezontle, this last is a volcanic stone of red color, porous and resistant, which was commonly used in the construction of various Colonial buildings located at Mexico City’s Downtown.

Inside there is a collection of paintings and figures that were made by renowned artists like Manuel Tolsá, Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa and Miguel Cabrera.

Location: Isabel La Católica 21, Colonia Centro (Mexico City Downtown)

Other photos of a building made with Tezontle:

Tezontle at a side entrance of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral

Cathedral of Mexico City Front view where you can see the red tezontle at some walls at right side.



Metropolitan Cathedral. Mexico City Downtown.
Metropolitan Cathedral. Mexico City Downtown.

Cathedral of Mexico City: Front view

Cathedral of Mexico City

The Cathedral is located at the main square of Mexico City Downtown.

Its measures are 7,000 square meters of construction, 59 meters width, 128 meters length, 68 meters heigth.

It has 5 naves, 14 lateral chapels, a churrigueresque altar called Altar of the Kings, and two monumental organs.

The construction of the Cathedral started in 1571 and it was finished until 1813.

For a closer look to see the impressive carved stone work of the facade click on this link

For another photo of a carved lateral door click on this link

Paraguayan Religious Figures

All these paraguayan religious figures belong to the museum “Casa de la Independencia” (Independence House), located in Asuncion, Paraguay. If you want to know more about the museum of colonial architecture click on the link.


Toluca, Estado de Mexico
Toluca, Estado de Mexico

Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

Side Entrance Door of Mexico City Cathedral

Mexico City
Mexico City


My entry for Thursday Doors is about another door of Mexico City Cathedral, whose construction started in 1571 and was finished until 1813.

It is located at the left side of the Facade and Door of the Cathedral that I previously posted.

Both doors and the architectural design of the stone that surrounds the doors are very different. If you want to compare them, click on the link of the previous post, and tell me what you think.

The Jewel of the Missions: San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano. San Juan Capistrano, California
Mission San Juan Capistrano. San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the of twenty-one missions founded in Alta California . It was founded in 1775 by Franciscans.

Although in December of 1812 an earthquake caused the Great Stone Church to collapse, it can be classified as a big place, not only for its size (can you see the people at the left side of the main arc?), but also because it is considered the Jewel of all the California Missions due to its great architecture, which is considered a gem.

Photo 101: big