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A Real Treasure Inside

This cathedral has some very interesting sculptures and paintings with real gold in lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Yvonne L
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beautiful day and night

beautiful and imposing structure by day and night. amazing too see such an imposing building in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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This lavish 18th-century church was built by a silver baron from the nearby Valenciana mine.
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Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This cathedral has some very interesting sculptures and paintings with real gold in lots of places. Worth visiting as part of a guided tour.

Thank Yvonne L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

beautiful and imposing structure by day and night. amazing too see such an imposing building in such a cozy city

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

This church is absolutely amazing, the decoration of the interior is in GOLD, the outside ir "Cantera Rosada", is a place to know before you leave Guanajuato.

Thank Teresa L
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Travel on the rural route to La Valenciana and pass through Santa Rosa ....The pottery town.The history of mining in La Valenciana is interesting as are the mummy museum, the mining museum, and the Catrina museum just outside of town.

Thank womantraveler59
Reviewed 19 March 2017

While funded by the misery of miners who worked in the nearby silver mine, the templo is a very ornate church, both inside and out. Using a soft sandstone on the exterior allowed very intricate carvings on the church's facade (rather than the applique of...More

Thank gbruels
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Learn a bit of the history first or hire one of the excellent guides. This is an important landmark and should not be missed.

Thank Barbara E
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a pretty church whose most interesting feature is the gold leafed Retablo or altar backdrop. So while it's not worth a visit in and of itself, if you're already making a trip to see the Valenciana mine, this church is worth a quick...More

Thank ReillyPas
Reviewed 6 January 2017

The tour guide did a wonderful job or relating the history of church. He was well informed on the contribution made by the owner of the mine who in gratitude for his wealth built this church. This church was built on the gold from the...More

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We stopped here briefly and it was worth it. Very picturesque. The cathedral has only one tower which is unusual for a cathedral. I don't know why, none of the brochures tell the story. You may be able to find out from one of the...More

Thank Roland D
Reviewed 3 November 2016

My wife and I attended a music ensemble event in the Templo la Valenciana during the 2016 Cervantino. The acoustics were good, but the church pews were pretty uncomfortable. The front of the church with all the gold artifacts were striking, and the huge ceilings...More

Thank Fred H
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Guanajuato, Mexico / Festival Cervantino I'm interested in any reports from anyone who attended the Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quijote) festival known as the Festival Cervantino in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, at any one time. I believe the festival takes place in October. It's a big deal. a) What were main attractions? b) What were the crowds like? c) Where did you stay and how was it? d) Did you go outside the main city and where and did what? Any information will be appreciated.
6 December 2016|
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Response from Fred H | Reviewed this property |
Cervantino is a major event in Guanajuato each October. You can find the schedule of events by searching online for "Cervantino". There are hundreds of events over the 4 week period, and the crowds make getting around on... More