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El Pueblito in Municipality of La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Hermitage of the Virgin of El Pueblito

 
 
Hermitage of the Virgin of El Pueblito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2018
1. Hermitage of the Virgin of El Pueblito Marker
The marker also serves as a directional sign, indicating that the hermitage and outdoor games and theater are nearby to the right (Ermita, ágora y juegos).
Inscription.  

Ermita a la Virgen de El Pueblito
Recinto que guarda una representación de la Virgen María como agradecimiento por parte de la población por el cese del desbordamiento del Río El Pueblito.

El culto a la Virgen María en El Pueblito se remonta al año de 1632, durante la evangelización que emprendieron los franciscanos hacia los pueblos cercanos donde fray Nicolás de Zamora, cura de la parroquia de Querétaro, colocó una imagen de la Virgen María en el Misterio de la Purísima Concepción, elaborada por fray Sebastián de Gallegos, al pie de la pirámide de El Cerrito, centro ceremonial en el que los indigenas practicaban su culto ancestral.

Pronto los indígenas abandonaron sus antiguas creencias y aumentó la veneración hacia la imagen de la virgen, los nuevos devotos le honraron con sus tradicionales fiestas. El culto aumentó hasta los pueblos y ciudades de los alrededores, lo que motivó en 1736 la construcción del Santuario y años después la edificación del convento franciscano.

English translation:
Hermitage of the Virgin of El Pueblito
This small enclosure includes a representation
Hermitage of the Virgin of El Pueblito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2018
2. Hermitage of the Virgin of El Pueblito Marker
Unfortunately the hermitage mentioned in the marker text is not to be found near the marker.
of the Virgin Mary as thanks from the population for the end to flooding of the El Pueblito River.

The adoration of the Virgin Mary in El Pueblito goes back to the year 1632, during the evangelization that the Franciscans undertook in the nearby towns where Friar Nicolás de Zamora, parish priest of Querétaro, placed an image of the Virgin Mary of the Mystery of the Most Pure Conception. It had been elaborated by Friar Sebastián de Gallegos. It was placed at the foot of the pyramid of El Cerrito, a ceremonial center in which the indigenous people had practiced their ancient form of worship.

The indigenous people soon abandoned their old beliefs and increased their veneration towards the image of the virgin, with the new devotees honoring her with their traditional feasts. These practices spread to the nearby towns and cities, until in 1736 the construction of the Sanctuary was begun and years later the construction of the Franciscan convent.
 
Location. 20° 32.416′ N, 100° 26.61′ W. Marker is in El Pueblito, Querétaro, in Municipality of La Corregidora. Marker is on Avenida Fray Eulalio Hernández Rivera just north of Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Pueblito, Querétaro 76900, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 kilometers
The Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Pueblito image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2018
3. The Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Pueblito
The sanctuary is some blocks northeast of the marker.
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornelio Arellano Cárdenas (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (approx. half a kilometer away); The Altar of the Skulls (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); El Cerrito ("The Little Hill") (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); The Plaza of the Dancers (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Father Joseph Kentenich (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Gustavo Sanmartin Villegas (approx. 4.8 kilometers away); Founders of the Association of the Heroic Military College (approx. 6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Pueblito.
 
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The interior of the Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Pueblito image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 10, 2018
4. The interior of the Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Pueblito
A view of the interior of the Convent of the Virgin of El Pueblito image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2018
5. A view of the interior of the Convent of the Virgin of El Pueblito
The convent adjoins the sanctuary in El Pueblito.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 17, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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