For every street in Barichara, there’s a beautiful, centuries-old church, chapel or cathedral just waiting to be explored.
Whether you’re crazy about colonial architecture or just fancy knowing a bit more about Barichara’s fascinating history, the following churches are a must-see during your visit.
Iglesia Jesús Resucitado
The Jesus Resucitado church is understated. However, with its intricate brickwork and beautiful mahogany altarpiece, it’s considered by some as one of the most interesting in Barichara. The original bell tower was damaged by lightning but has since been carefully restored. Don’t miss the cemetery next door where you’ll be able to see elaborate stone tombs carved by local sculptors.
Dating from 1831, this is Barichara’s youngest colonial church. Quaint San Antonio is famous for its beautiful wooden carved altar and the paintings of Virgin of Fatima, San Antonio, and San Pedro Claver that decorate the interior.
Atop a hill in the north end of town lies Barichara’s oldest chapel. Whilst only the facade remains from its original construction in the 18th century, it was carefully reconstructed in the 1990s to look as it did almost 200 years ago. The views and the beautiful old ceiba tree (one of the oldest in town) out front make this church extra special.
Being the largest, most elaborate and centrally located church, this is Barichara’s showstopper. The cathedral, formally known as La Catedral de La Immaculada Concepcion, is famous for its 10 columns being built out of just one stone and its stunning gold leaf covered altar. It is most beautiful at sunset when the sun turns the carved sandstone into a deep orange.
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