02/08 - 03/08
The church's construction began in 1605 and took 160 years to complete! It was built in perfect symmetry, even to the point that the builders constructed and painted a fake staircase staircase in the back of the church to balance out the real one. The church had also survived a fire and a part of it had to be reconstructed. But to mark the event the people restoring the damaged area left one of the angels' faces painted on the ceiling marred by soot and fire as a remembrance for all.
Our guide was only 16 years old but so passionate about history and tourism. She loved this building so much that she volunteered as a tour guide here every weekend. She also took us into some of the side buildings where we were allowed to take a few pics.
We went into one of the side rooms where we were not actually permitted to take photographs but our guide allowed us to take a few sneaky ones, as she believed that we were respectful and interested enough in the history of the church to deserve this privilege.
As we made our way to the exit we were faced with one last piece of artwork in the church. It was a huge mural on the wall depicting the seven deadly sins and the eternal punishment that would befall anyone who was disobedient with regard to each one. It was a rather scary picture to behold. Our guide explained that all parents bring their young children to look at this image with the warning that if they do not behave that this is where they would end up. But if they were good they would go to heaven, the image of which was painted on the opposite wall of the church entrance. Quite a direct way to manipulate children to do what you want!
We said goodbye to the magical church and our enthusiastic tour guide and went for a little walk around the neighbourhood. We found a building housing a few stalls and we ambled in to check out some of the local produce.
There seemed to be a large group protesting or gathering for a common cause. We weren't quite sure what was going on and unfortunately we were unable to ask anyone. We really need to find ourselves a Spanish mouthpiece!