Located on the Plaza Monumental Miguel Hidalgo, in the historic center of Irapuato, this mother church of the diocese is a beautiful example of 17th century Mexican architecture. Historians are not sure about the exact year it was constructed, but records show that it was in active use as early as the 1630s, when the area was still part of the Leon diocese. How such a large church could have been built in what was then a rural farming and ranching community is unknown, but the devotion of the religious community (and perhaps the desire of local landowners to show the importance of their town) raised this magnificent church.
Built in the Baroque style, it features an interesting combination of dark stone and white walls, with towers, domes and arches. The combination of elements makes the cathedral seem as if it was built in stages - entirely possible, in a time of limited resources - yet the building as a whole comes together into a single, impressive structure. The approach to the main entrance through a long plaza is particularly impressive.
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