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Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption

 
 
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Inscription.  

Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
Este templo es el mejor ejemplo de la arquitectura colonial religiosa en la cabecera municipal. De fecha muy remota, existe una referencia de que el 15 de agosto de 1542 fueron bautizados indios guachichiles, y que bajo esa advocación se concedió fundar el pueblo de Santa María del Río, al que el Virrey Don Luis de Velasco dio el nombre.

Hay datos que señalan que en 1592 se fundó el pueblo por Alonso de Santa María del Río, hijo de Juan de Santa María. A pesar de ello, se ha establecido que el asentamiento definitivo de otomíes y chichimecas en el poblado de Santa María, no se hizo sino hasta 1610.

Originalmente la Parroquia formó parte del convento Franciscano construido en el siglo XVII, cuando se estableció el Pueblo Nuevo de Santa María del Río.

En la primera década del siglo XVIII continuó su construcción, concluyéndose y siendo consagrada el 15 de agosto de 1845.

Es por ello que entre los festejos más tradicionales de Santa María se encuentran los celebrados en la primera quincena de agosto, en honor a la patrona de la ciudad.

El templo
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es de de cruz latina y cuenta con una cúpula elevada sobre el crucero. Su fachada es sencilla, y su arquitectura bien podría describirse como sobria. A la izquierda se ubica una torre de dos cuerpos, el primero de forma cuadrangular y el segundo octagonal. En el lado opuesto se levanta una sencilla espadaña con campanas y un reloj debajo.

El altar mayor está formado por un templete cuadrangular, sobre el que descansa el segundo cuerpo que completa el ciprés de artística composición, y dentro, protegido por vidrieras, se halla la escultura de la Virgen de la Asunción. Aquí se encuentra también un Cristo de caña sobre una cruz de madera taraceada.

El piso de mosaico fue colocado con motivo de las fiestas del IV centenario de la fundación de la ciudad.

English:
Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption
This church is the best example of colonial religious architecture in the county seat. Constructed on a remote unknown date, there is a reference to August 15, 1542 when Guachichil Indians were baptized here, and under the patronage of Our Lady of the Assumption the settlement of Santa María del Río was established and officially named by Viceroy Luis de Velasco.

There is data to indicate that 1592 was the year of the official foundation of the town by Alonso de Santa María del Río, son of Juan de Santa Maria. However, it has
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The featured marker can be seen to the right just beyond the atrium entryway seen in this view. On the entryway is an additional marker entitled "Traditions".
been established that the final settlement of Otomi and Chichimeca indian groups in the town of Santa María, did not take place until 1610.

Originally the parish church was part of a Franciscan convent built in the seventeenth century, when the Pueblo Nuevo de Santa María del Río (New Village of Santa María del Río) was established.

Its construction continued in the first decade of the eighteenth century, and it was concluded and finally consecrated on August 15, 1845.

It is for this reason that most of the traditional celebrations of Santa María are held in the first half of August, in honor of the patron saint of the city.

The temple has a latin cross and a high dome over the transept. The facade of the temple is simple, and architecture may well be described as sober. On the left there is a two-bodied tower, the first body is quadrilateral and the second is octagonal, on the opposite side stands a simple belfry with bells and a clock below.

The altar consists of a square template on which rests the second body exhibiting an artistic cypress composition, and inside, protected by glass, is the sculpture of the Virgin of the Assumption in addition to a figure of Christ made of corn paste on a cross of inlaid wood.

The mosaic floor was installed to commemorate the celebrations of the four-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the
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city.
 
Location. 21° 48.028′ N, 100° 44.166′ W. Marker is in Santa María del Río, San Luis Potosí, in Municipality of Santa María del Río. Marker is on Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla just north of José María Morelos y Pavón, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa María del Río, San Luis Potosí 79560, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hidalgo Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption (within shouting distance of this marker); Dividing Line Between Otomíes and Guachichiles (within shouting distance of this marker); Santísimo Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Building of the Convents of Santa María del Río (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Franciscan Convent (within shouting distance of this marker); Primo Feliciano Velázquez Rodríguez (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parochial School of Music (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa María del Río.
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, March 16, 2019
5. Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption
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6. An additional nearby marker on local traditions in Santa María del Río
Tradiciones
Dentro de los festejos más tradicionales de Santa María del Río resaltan las fiestas de carácter religoso durante la primera quincena de agosto, en honor a la Patrona de la Ciudad, la Virgen de la Asunción, celebrándose a la par la Feria del Rebozo, durante la cual se conjuga el comercio, exposiciones culturales y un variado espectáculo artístico en el Teatro del Pueblo.

Otras fiestas de tradición son en Semana Santa, donde se exaltan los pasajes de la pasión y muerte de Cristo. En septiembre se celebra a San Miguel Arcángel - "las guerritas" - , y en diciembre a la Virgen Guadalupana, donde destaca un desfile tradicional de aves canoras que organizan los lugareños de una localidad rural del municipio llamada “Las Enramadas”.

English:
Traditions
Outstanding among the most traditional festivities of Santa María del Río are the religious festivals during the first two weeks of August, in honor of the Patron of the City, the Virgin of the Assumption, celebrated at the same time as the Fair of the Rebozo, during which commercial and cultural exhibitions come together with a diverse artistic show at the Town Theater.

Other traditional parties are during Easter Week, with exalted passages of the passion and death of Christ. In September, San Miguel Archangel - "the little wars" - is celebrated, and in December the Virgin of Guadalupe, with an outstanding traditional songbird parade organized by the townspeople of a rural village of the municipal area called “Las Enramadas”.
 
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