La Catedral de Morelia

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Author: Mazin, Oscar; Heron Perez Martinez and Elena I Estrada de Gerlero

Year: 1991

Publisher: El colegio de Michoacan and Gobierno del Estado de Michoacan

Place: Morelia


439 pages with color frontispiece, plates (many in color), photographs, appendices, bibliography and index. Folio (12 3/4" x 9") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Photographs by Vicente Gijosa. Introduction by Clara Bargellini. First edition.

Morelia Cathedral is a Baroque-style, Roman Catholic cathedral located in the center of the city of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Morelia. Construction of the church building, using local pink stone, began in 1660, but was only completed in 1744, after 84 years. The interior is bedecked with both baroque and neoclassical decoration. The church interior displays an elaborate 18th-century baroque altar frame titled Manifestador de la Plata (Silver-Manifestation). The Baptismal Font (Pila Bautismal), also of silver, was built in a neoclassical-style. The monumental organ, imported from Germany in 1905, was the largest organ in the Western Hemisphere at the time. An icon titled the Señor de la Sacristía (Lord of the vestry), is made in a style influenced by pre-Christian art of "corn cane paste", the 16th century, as well as valuable paintings located in the sacristy and the chapter. This icon and the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, patron of the city, are commonly venerated. The cathedral is dedicated to the Transfiguration. According to the critic and art historian Sylvester Baxter, the cathedral in Morelia is the most beautiful of all Mexican cathedrals.


Edge wear, hinges rubbed, some indentations to wrappers else a very good copy.


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