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Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: mid18th century
Date of Inscription: 2003
Location: North America, Mexico, State of Querétaro de Arteaga (Sierra Gorda region)
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Description: The five Franciscan missions of Sierra Gorda were built in the mid-18th century during the last phase of the conversion of the interior of Mexico to Christianity; these missions were significant in signaling for continuing the evangelization of California, Arizona and Texas. The ornately decorated church façades are of particular interest as they embody the combined creative labors of the missionaries and the Indios. The rural settlements that sprouted around the missions have to this day kept hold of their vernacular character. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda in the Mexican state of Querétaro were declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2003. They were founded by Junípero Serra of the Franciscan Order, who also founded important missions in Alta California. The five missions are: Santiago de Jalpan and Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol in the municipality of Jalpan, Santa María del Agua de Landa and San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco in Landa, and San Miguel Concá in Arroyo Seco. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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