CONVENTS OF VALLE DEL MEZQUITAL

Actopan, Hidalgo - Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo

The former Augustinian convent of San Nicolás de Tolentino de Actopan is the most important historical monument in the state of Hidalgo. From an architectural and pictorial point of view, the ex-convent of San Nicolás de Tolentino constitutes one of the greatest examples of 16th century New Spanish art. The open chapel has a 17-meter entrance arch and an eccentric tower in the Mudejar style, plus some interesting paintings illustrating the Old Testament and the torments of hell in the sacristy and choir. On the walls of the staircase that gives access to the second floor, there are paintings that represent saints, cardinals, bishops, doctors and Augustinian patriarchs surrounded by friezes with heraldic animals and garlands. The convent of San Miguel Arcángel, is a solid Augustinian construction of tezontle and pink quarry dating from 1550.  Inside there are paintings that describe fantastic scenes totally alien to any religious conventionalism. Do not miss it!

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