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

Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz

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Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 5, 2018
1. Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz Marker
Inscription.  
Santuario Diocesano de Nuestra Señora de La Luz
Este templo, fue construido entre 1744 y 1808. El Altar Mayor es obra del famoso arquitecto Francisco Eduardo Tres Guerras, quien diseñó templos en muchas ciudades de Guanajuato. También participó Manuel Tolsá en la construcción de la cúpula. Como corresponde a la época, su estilo principal es neoclásico, aunque con toques barrocos en muchos de sus elementos y una capilla neogótica.

El templo es el lugar donde se venera la imagen de Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Patrona de la Ciudad. Esta estatua, elaborada en pasta de maíz por los artesanos de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, es considerada milagrosa por sus fieles, que acuden en febrero de cada año a rendirle homenaje. La historia de la imagen es larga.

Al parecer fue hecha durante la primera mitad del siglo XVI. De Michoacán, llegó a tierras guanajuatenses por medio de los frailes franciscanos, quienes la depositaron en el convento de Acámbaro en 1550, como la “Señora de la Purificación”. Fueron estos mismos quienes la llevaron al valle de Huatzindeo, donde se asienta hoy Salvatierra, depositándola en
Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz Marker English side image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 5, 2018
2. Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz Marker English side
lo se conocía en aquel entonces como “El Hospitalicio de Huatzindeo”.

Ahí la imagen fue abandonada, para resurgir más tarde como “Nuestra señora del Valle”, atribuyéndosele numerosos milagros. Poco más tarde se le conoció como “Nuestra Señora de la Otra Banda”, y, como los portentos atribuidos a la imagen hacían cada vez más numerosos entre sus fieles, se le llamó “Nuestra Señora de la Luz”, siendo entronizada en el templo en el año de 1808. Iturbide la nombra Generala el 6 de Enero de 1816.


English:
Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz
This church was built between 1744 and 1808. The “Altar Mayor” was built by the famous architect Francisco Eduardo Tres Guerras, designer of many churches in Guanajuato. Manuel Tolsá also participated in the construction of the dome. Befitting the time, its main style is Neoclassical, although with some Baroque touches in many of its elements and a Neo-Gothic chapel.

The church is where the image of Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Our Lady of the Light), Patroness of the city is worshiped. This statue, made of corn paste by artisans of Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, is considered miraculous by the faithful, who come in February every year to pay homage. The statue story is long. Apparently it was made during the first half
Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 5, 2018
3. Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz and Marker
The marker is at the far right, above a yellow vehicle in this view of the Shrine.
of the XVI century. From Michoacán, it came to Guanajuato through the Franciscan friars, who deposited it in the Acámbaro in 1550, as the “Señora de la Purificación” (Lady of Purification). Then, they took it to the Valley of Huatzindeo, where Salvatierra is settled and putting it in what was known then as "El Hospitalicio de Huatzindeo".

That statue was abandoned, only to resurface later as “Nuesta Señora del Valle” (Our Lady of the Valley), attributing her many miracles. Little later she became known as “Nuestra Señora de la Otra Banda” (Our Lady of the Other Band), and, as the wonders attributed to the image made more and more numerous among the faithful, she was named “Nuestra Señora de la Luz” (Our Lady of Light), being enthroned in the church in 1808. Iturbide names her “Generala” on January 6, 1816.
 
Location. 20° 12.988′ N, 100° 52.888′ W. Marker is in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Salvatierra. Marker is on Calle Benito Juárez just south of Calle 16 de Septiembre, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Calle Benito Juárez 402, Salvatierra, Guanajuato 38900, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 175th Anniversary of the Beginning of Mexican Independence
An interior view of the Diocesan Shrine and image of Nuestra Señora de La Luz image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 5, 2018
4. An interior view of the Diocesan Shrine and image of Nuestra Señora de La Luz
(within shouting distance of this marker); Portal Juárez (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo (within shouting distance of this marker); Federico Escobedo Tinoco (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Church and Former Convent of San Buenaventura (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Bridge of Batanes (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); The Battle of the Bridge of Batan (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); José de Jesús del Valle (approx. 4.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salvatierra.
 
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Additional markers on the Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 5, 2018
5. Additional markers on the Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz
These three additional markers are located on the right facade of the shrine. They mark the 50th and 75th anniversary of the pontifical crowning of the shrine's image in 1939 and the construction of the tower and stone floors in the 1960s.
An additional marker on the Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 5, 2018
6. An additional marker on the Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz
This additional marker is just to the right of the shrine's entrance and marks the church's naming as a Diocesan Shrine in 1985.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 14, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   5, 6. submitted on May 18, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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