View of Berat, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Berat, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? South towards Greece.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Beautiful Churches

When Kevin and I travel around, especially in small towns, we love to look at the different types of achitecture.
Some of the small towns in the USA have beautiful old homes, some that have been restorted wonderfully and some unfortunately that are falling to pieces.  The homes are huge and now because of small families, alot of these homes are now divided up into small apartments.

Here in Kingston we also have some gorgeous old homes that are nice old stone buildings.  The stone is limestone hence the nickname "Limestone City". 

In Mexico you have an entirely different kind of architecture as the houses are so different to our homes in size and structure.  It is always fun to look at the differences.  The one thing we have noticed everywhere we travel are the churches.  They are always so unique.  Mexico certainly seems to have some of the oldest churches we have seen.  There have been a few churches in other countries that stand out but it seems like there is more history in the churches in Mexico.

Here are some that really stand out for us, they aren't all Mexican!!

Catedral de San Cristóbal (started in 1748 and finished in 1787), is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. Havana, Cuba

The outside and inside of the cathedral in Catemaco, Veracruz, Mexico
The main cathedral in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

The Santo Domingo Church in San Cristobal de las Casas (notice the beautiful scrolling on the church), Chiapas, Mexico 

The church at the main plaza in Mazamitla, Jalisco, Mexico

El Templo de La Purisima Concepcion (notice the wooden floors, they all pulled in sections), Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old church built in the 1700's at San Ignacio, Baja California, Mexico

Catedral de Santiago (built 1745 - 1800). Old Centro Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

The Igreja Matriz church in Portimao, Algarve, Portugal

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