Temple of San Diego Historical

Temple of San Diego Historical (HM1WAQ)

Location: Guanajuato, Guanajuato 36000 Guanajuato
Country: Mexico

N 21° 0.938', W 101° 15.183'

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Templo de San Diego

—Un Museo llamado Guanajuato / A Museum Called Guanajuato —

Aunque hoy en día sólo vemos el Templo de San Diego en medio de grandes ejemplos de arquitectura histórica en la ciudad, este recinto tuvo una interesante historia que data desde los orígenes de la villa, y una construcción que triplicaba las dimensiones que apreciamos ahora. En 1663 entraron a la ciudad los fundadores de este templo, los franciscanos descalzos, conocidos con el nombre religioso de San Diego o de San Pedro de Alcántara. Fue el primer monasterio en este lugar. Sufrió varios percances como las negativas del rey para su construcción o posteriores amenazas para su vida monocal, pero lo que modfició definitivamente su construcción fueron dos sucesos: Las inundaciones y los cambios del siglo XIX.
El Templo de San Diego, tuvo ser reconstruido a consecuencia de las inundaciones que sufrió la capital en el siglo XVIII. En 1784 tuvieron que elevarse 6 metros sus muros, dejando enterrada la planta original. Después fue expropiado el convento con la aplicación de las leyes de Reforma, con lo que pasó a ser el Hotel Emporio, que tras ser demolido, comenzó la construcción del Teatro Juárez que actualmente admiramos. Lo único que conserva actualmente el Templo son tres de las cinco capillas que lo constituían. Aún así, hay mucho que ver, incluyendo el museo subterráneo donde se puede conocer parte del antiguo convent.

Although today the church of San Diego suffers by comparison with some of the more imposing examples of architecture in Guanajuato, the building has a fascinating history of its own that dates back to the very beginnings of the Spanish settlement and was originally some three times bigger than the remains we have today. It was in 1663 that the church's founders first came to the city. These were the "Barefoot Franciscans", those members of the order dedicated to San Diego or Saint Peter of Alcántara. It was the first monastery to be built here and suffered some setbacks, initially with the king's refusal to authorize its construction and the later when its monastic way of life came under threat. However, two separate events definitively affected its construction: the floods and the political changes wrought during the nineteenth century. The church of San Diego had to be rebuilt as a consequence of the floods that afflicted the capital during the eighteenth century. In 1784, the walls were raised 6 whole meters, burying the original ground floor. Following this, the monastery was expropriated as a result of the Laws of Reform and converted into the Hotel Emporio, which was subsequently demolished to make way for the Juarez Theater we know and admire today. All that remains of the old church is three of the five chapels it once
contained. Even so, there is much to see, including the underground museum where we can learn something of the old monastery.
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Placed ByUn Museo llamado Guanajuato
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 265822 N 2325529
Decimal Degrees21.01563333, -101.25305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 21° 0.938', W 101° 15.183'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds21° 0' 56.28" N, 101° 15' 10.98" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near San Diego, Guanajuato Guanajuato 36000, MX
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