Templo y exconvento de las Teresitas

Published: October 9th 2014
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This church/exconvent complex, a hidden jewel in Queretaro’s historic center, was the last of the 17 monumental convents built in the city during the colonial era & the only neoclassical one. It was built for the Reformed Discalced Carmelites (Barefoot Carmelites) of St. Teresa of Jesus, an order that was established in 1593 by two Spanish saints - Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint John of the Cross. The founding nuns arrived in Querétaro in 1802. Construction of the complex was completed in 1805.

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Located on Calle Reforma near the Corregidora
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In 1867, during the fall of the Second Empire, the exconvent served as a prison for Archduke Maximilian of the Habsburgs. Today, the exconvent serves as the Episcopal Headquarters & the Conservatory of Music.

Santa Teresa?
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Paintings by Edward J. Tresguerras who was responsible for the interior decoration.

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10th October 2014

Holy smoke, Rainy,
seventeen churches and convents! It's hard to fathom such an enormous number in a small city, and even more incredible that the nuns managed to get this one built in only five years! I like the pastel colours, which you have rendered so nicely. Many thanks for letting us know about his one.
10th October 2014

After all the convents I've visited in Mexico & other places, I learned someting new on this one - that Discalced Carmelites are barefooted Carmelites ;o)
29th October 2014

Lovely details. I like the ceiling.

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