SEÑOR DEL SALITRE CHURCH

Town of Calvillo

Dedicated to Saint Joseph, the church is designated as one of Mexico’s National Historical Monuments and as part of the Cultural Heritage of Calvillo.

The local tourist office offers a tour of the four churches – Guadalupe, Señor del Salitre, San Judas Tadeo and the parish church of Ojo Caliente. The tourist streetcar takes you from church to church.

Zaragoza Street and the Main Square.

Downtown Calvillo Tourist Office (495) 956.0039

Ext. 4161 vivaaguascalientes.com

Monday to Sunday: 7a.m. to 8 p.m.

Templo del Señor del Salitre

Don’t miss Maundy Thursday at Easter, when locals take the Señor del Salitre on a tour of the town.

Construction of the church began on December 12, 1772. The interior has a basilica floor plan with three naves, side arches, and ribbed vault and is decorated in green and yellow.

The enormous octagonal dome is said to be the second largest of its kind in Latin America. There are beautiful al fresco paintings on each section of the dome, showing scenes from the life of Saint Joseph.

A local legend recounts that the Christ figure in the church also appeared on the table of an elderly couple who had kindly offered lodging to some young people.

The Señor del Salitre procession takes place on the fourth Thursday after Lent, which is the day of the Feast of the Ascension or Maundy Thursday.

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