Talavera Tile Detail, Church of Santo Domingo, Rosary Chapel, Puebla, Mexico

Talavera Tile Detail, Church of Santo Domingo, Rosary Chapel, Puebla, Mexico

The Rosary Chapel of the Church of Santo Domingo, in Puebla, Mexico, has some of the most beautiful talavera tile decoration in all of Mexico. The Church is located on 4 Poniente and Cinco de Mayo streets, in the Unesco World Heritage center of Puebla. The people of Puebla inherited their knowledge of the Talavera technique during construction of this church, which began in 1571 and was completed in 1611. Its interior is considered one of the most impressively ornate in the world and a superb example of the Mexican baroque style.

Inserted between the cobalt blue, yellow and orange tiles, are cherubs. Native artists and craftsmen were used in the construction of these churches and they freely mixed tiles of both the fair and dark skinned peoples of Mexico.