Church of San Francisco Acatepec, Facade

Church of San Francisco Acatepec, Facade

Built during the 18th century, the church is dedicated to Saint Francis in the town of Acatepec, which means “hill of reeds” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Located just 6 miles from the city of Puebla, and 4 miles from Cholula (site of the biggest pyramid by volume in the world), the church façade is completely covered in locally handmade Talavera tiles. The style is a magnified version of Baroque and Rococo, known as Spanish Churrigueresque. The number of Talavera tiles on the facade of a building was equated with the prosperity of a family or business. 

The lack of clouds this day allowed the gorgeous facade to contrast spectacularly with the cobalt blue sky.