El Encino Church and Gardens
City of Aguascalientes
According to legend, a local from the Barrio de Triana found an image of Jesus in the wood that he was cutting.
Admire the collection of enormous paintings which make up the “El Viacrucis” by Andrés López, and which have adorned the lateral walls of the church since 1798.
Dr. Díaz de León, Barrio del Encino (449) 915.9876
Monday to Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Templo y Jardín del Encino
For breakfast, try La Mestiza Restaurant at Abasolo 117, which blends elements of Yucatan cuisine.
The Encino Church was originally dedicated to the Archangel Saint Michael in 1773, and was built on land obtained by the priest Mateo José de Arteaga. However, the name was changed in 1796 in honor of the miraculous apparition. The church blends baroque, neo-classical and neo-gothic styles. The architecture of the facade and interior display design techniques in the curtaining and foreshortened columns. The gardens were created around 1890, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. The paths lead to the beautiful tile fountain at the center of the gardens, which are adorned with ironwork benches from where you can admire the Encino Church. The gardens tell their own story in the inscription in tile which relates that they were created in honor of the founding of the Triana neighborhood (or the Encino neighborhood, as it is known today) and of its first settler, don Hernán González Berrocol.