Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cholula supposedly had a temple for every day of the year, but the truth is more modest. Upon their arrival, the conquerors either covered over or built a church atop each one of these temples, which is the bases of the legend that Cholula had 365 churches. In the town itself, thirty-four churches were built; another seventy-six were constructed in neighboring pueblos. Including the chaples in surroundings haciendas, the total number of churches is 159 - still an enormous number. The most important is the La Virgen de los Remedios, which was constructed atop the grand pyramid, Tlachihualtepetl. This church was a symbol of the spiritual conquest of Mexico.

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