This beautiful 17th century Baroque church is, for me, the most beautiful of the entire city. Built in the purest colonial baroque style, the facade is an exuberance of designs, patterns and figures. Many of them were made directly by indigenous labor and perhaps that is why the temple "smells" of the Mayan religion. Located in a very popular area, it is the meeting place of the local community (and known as the cathedral of the poor). At night, the whole church is illuminated. The atmosphere is very unique. The spot brings to mind the old legends of Creoles recalled in the fire, legends that spoke of conquests and wars, but also caches and voices at midnight.
The peculiar and beautiful ornamentation of Santa Lucia Church is very striking. The whole facade is decorated with pine leaf garlands and bases. Its color varies from green to brown depending on the time of year when you visit San Cristobal. This kind of "clock," which marks the seasons of San Cristobal, is also a remembrance of ancient Mayan traditions. This ancient village is filled with Chiapas inhabitants, the shrine is decorated with pine needles, almost mandatory it seems. Although, in this case, the floor of the church is respected, the exterior decorations are provided by the faithful of the neighborhood. Try to access the backyard of the church. There are several altars decorated with candles on the floor, and we can confirm how the Catholic and Mayan mix traditions together in this town.
This is one of the few churches in the city that retains its original shape. It is in the Mudejar style with a single nave, with a gabled roof of wood and tile. The simple façade of stone and brick, with lots of color, is typical of this area. This church is located in the back of the Cathedral of San Cristobal. I learned that it has a small museum of the diocese but can only be visited by request in advance, when I visit this place I could not apply for time, but I'm sure is impressive.