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La Cañada in Municipality of El Marqués, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Small Church

La Iglesia Chiquita

 
 
The Small Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 4, 2018
1. The Small Church Marker
Inscription.  
Iglesia Chiquita
La más Antigua de Querétaro -1529-
El español Don Hernando Pérez de Bocanegra comisionó edificar el primer templo a la redonda para iniciar con la evangelización. En abril de 1531 se celebró en La Cañada, la primera misa en todo Querétaro; además funcionó como camposanto del pueblo, hasta entrando al siglo XIX. El Frayle Franciscano Jacobo Daciano, bautizó y evangelizó al indio Conín, llamándole "Hernando de Tapia" Su arquitectura consta de tres arcos de elevación circunferencial, cada uno simboliza la búsqueda de la humanidad europea con Dios Padre. Se conserva una gran pila de cantera rosa en donde fue bautizado el indio otomí Conín, la cual se transportaba para evangelizar, a sus costados luce una concha bautismal europea. También sirvió como bodega de cargamento de metales y mercancias. En la actualidad se venera a la Virgen de Guadalupe, cada 12 de diciembre.

English translation:
The Small Church
The Oldest in Querétaro - 1529
The Spaniard Hernando Pérez de Bocanegra commissioned the construction of the first temple in the area in order to begin evangelization.
The Small Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 4, 2018
2. The Small Church Marker
The marker is visible on the far left in this view. The church is currently under restoration.
In April 1531 the first mass in all Querétaro was celebrated here in La Cañada. The church grounds also functioned as a cemetery for the town up until the 19th century. The Franciscan Friar Jacobo Daciano baptized and evangelized the indigenous leader Conín, renaming him Hernando de Tapia. The church’s architecture consists of three arches, each one symbolizing the search of European humanity for God the Father. A large fountain made of pink quarried stone is still preserved here in the atrium where the Otomí leader Conín was baptized. It was later transported to different areas in order to evangelize. On its side it includes an image of a European baptismal shell. The church also served at times as a warehouse for metals and merchandise. At present, the Virgin of Guadalupe is venerated here every December 12.
 
Erected by Gobierno Municipal de El Marqués.
 
Location. 20° 36.46′ N, 100° 19.867′ W. Marker is in La Cañada, Querétaro, in Municipality of El Marqués. Marker is on Del Marqués just east of Venustiano Carranza, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Cañada, Querétaro 76240, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Marqués Cultural Center (within shouting distance of this marker);
The Small Church and its fountain, mentioned in the marker text image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 20, 2017
3. The Small Church and its fountain, mentioned in the marker text
The Bicentennial of Mexican Independence (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); La Cañada (about 150 meters away); The Escandón Bathing Pools (about 150 meters away); The Foundation of La Cañada (about 150 meters away); The "El Capulín" Reservoir (approx. one kilometer away); Pan Dulce Monument (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); In Honor of the Workers of Hércules (approx. 2.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Cañada.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionColonial EraMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on November 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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