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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro, Mexico

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro is today one of Mexico's World Heritage Sites. The inscription covers the five missions namely Santiago de Jalpan, Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol, Santa María del Agua de Landa, San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco and San Migual Concá. These missions were built during the last phase of the conversion to Christianity of the interior of Mexico during the mid 18th century.


Misión de Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol, Sierra Gorda
Misión de Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol, Sierra Gorda
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One of the outstanding features of the Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda is their façade, which exhibits both Spanish and local elements, creating a Mestizo Baroque style of the Pames builders.

The Franciscan Missions of Sierra Gorda are the results of the second phase of evangelization carried out in North America by the Franciscan Order. They are located in the mountainous Sierra Gorda region in central Mexico, which was inhabited by nomadic groups during the mid 18th century. The missions were managed by friars whose purpose was to evangelize to the local population.


Misión de San Francisco de Asís del Valle de Tilaco, Sierra Gorda
Misión de San Francisco de Asís del Valle de Tilaco, Sierra Gorda
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The Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda share similar traits in that they azre all built in scenic locations. Their construction led to the establishment of the local village around them. Their orientation differ at each site. Some face west, some east, and so on.

Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 29 June - 5 July, 2003.


Misión de San Miguel Concá, Sierra Gorda
Misión de San Miguel Concá, Sierra Gorda
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N21 12 15.8 W99 27 50.8 in the Sierra Gorda region, in the state of Querétaro de Arteaga, in Mexico.
Inscription Year: 2003
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III


Misión de Santiago de Jalpan, Sierra Gorda
Misión de Santiago de Jalpan, Sierra Gorda
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Misión de Agua de Landa, Sierra Gorda
Misión de Agua de Landa, Sierra Gorda
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