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Celaya in Municipality of Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, October 28, 2017
1. The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen Marker
Inscription.
Templo y Ex-convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Sin duda uno de los ejemplos de arquitectura neoclásica más importantes del país, el Templo del Carmen de Celaya, se erige en sustitución al Templo originalmente construido por uno de los más destacados arquitectos del virreinato: Fray Andrés de San Miguel.

Del conjunto original aún puede admirarse el sereno claustro que ostenta los severos lineamientos que en su momento rigieron la construcción de los santos yelmos de la orden de los descalzos.
Edificada entre 1802 y 1807, este singular monumento sorprende por la belleza y acierto de sus proporciones; en su exterior ostenta una torre de dos cuerpos desplantada sobre sólido nártex destacando también su bellísima portada lateral con hornacina y escultura de la Virgen María.

El interior del Templo impone por la generosidad de sus dimensiones; presenta planta de cruz latina integralmente resuelta con un muy afortunado manejo de elementos clasicistas en sus entablamentos y altares.

Considerada como la obra maestra del distinguido arquitecto celayense Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras, el Templo del Carmen es sitio de obligada visita como ícono y referencia histórica de la arquitectura mexicana.

Pie de dibujo:
“Imagen de Siempre”
Doña Abigail
Carreño
The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 28, 2017
2. The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen Marker
The marker is to the right of this southern entrance to the temple. The niche and statue mentioned in the marker text can be seen here above the entrance.
de Maldonado
Centro Histórico de Celaya

Última restauración Abril del dos mil siete
Arq. Gustavo Ledesma Maldonado


English translation:
The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen
Undoubtedly one of the most important examples of neoclassical architecture in the country, the Temple of Carmen of Celaya is a replacement for the original temple built by one of the most outstanding architects of the Viceroyalty period: Friar Andrés de San Miguel.

Of the original construction the serene cloister can still be seen with its severe lines. Its construction was governed during that period by the Order of the Discalced.
Built between 1802 and 1807, this unique monument still holds surprises with the beauty and accuracy of its proportions; in its exterior it has a tower made of two bodies on a solid narthex. Another highlight of the building is its beautiful side door with a niche and sculpture of the Virgin Mary.

The interior of the temple is imposing due to the generosity of its dimensions. Its plan is that of the Latin Cross integrally resolved with Classical elements used in its entablatures and altars.

Considered to be the masterpiece of the distinguished architect from Celaya, Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras, the Temple of Carmen is a must-see site and an iconic, historical reference
The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 28, 2017
3. The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen
of Mexican architecture.

Caption:
"An Everlasting Image"
Abigail Carreño de Maldonado
The Historic Center of Celaya

The last restoration was done in April 2007 by Architect Gustavo Ledesma Maldonado
 
Location. 20° 31.393′ N, 100° 48.859′ W. Marker is in Celaya, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Celaya. Marker is on Calle El Carmen just east of Calle Lic. Benito Juárez, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Celaya, Guanajuato 38000, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miguel Hidalgo in Celaya (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (about 210 meters away); Independence Column of Celaya (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Celaya's Water Tower (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Temple of San Francisco - Headquarters of the Patroness of Celaya (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Temple of Saint Francis (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The First Franciscans in Celaya (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Ex-Convent of the Temple of Saint Augustine (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Celaya.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionColonial EraMan-Made Features
 
An altar of a side chapel at The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 28, 2017
4. An altar of a side chapel at The Temple and Ex-convent of Our Lady of Carmen
Our Lady of Carmen Postcard View image. Click for full size.
circa 1935
5. Our Lady of Carmen Postcard View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   5. submitted on November 16, 2017.
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