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Roberto Gómez Torres

Convent of the Holy Kings - XVI Century

Metztitlán de los Santos Reyes, Hidalgo State, México

September 22, 2007 - 12:22 Local Time

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The Sustenance Theme

For this World Wide Panorama Event I have placed here my contribution using the meaning of the word Sustenance as the need to survive. In this case how the Spanish Catholic religion was set in my country almost at the same time the Conquest was done.

In a land were each pre-hispanic culture had their own religion, the Spanish Catholic Church was in need of expanding their coverage, raising its power and imposing their beliefs. In order to sustain that huge endeavor they built convents, monasteries and missions on every place they arrived country-wide. Wonderful structures with beautiful architecture full of insane luxury and tons of artistic talent made with the hands, sweat and blood of the conquered people. Those Colonial buildings gave the support and means to not only sustain the Spanish Catholic Church, in fact they helped it to reach very high levels never expected to that secular group so tied to the Mexican history.

The Place

The first big buildings made by the Spanish Catholic Church in México were built in the XVI century. At the state of Hidalgo on a mineral region we found the town of Metztitlán (which means in Náhuatl language "Moon's place") where in 1536 the Augustine's friars chose to become a main center for the evangelization of the high Sierra. This task was given to friars Juan de Sevilla and also to Antonio de Roa who directed the construction to what nowadays is know as the Metztitlán Convent of the Holy Kings. The main construction started at 1543. This convent is recognized as one of the most beautiful made by the Augustine's friars in México.

The Panorama

This panorama was taken at the esplanade of the Convent. Looking around you will notice how this town is set on a little valley just in the middle if the mountains who form the high Sierra.


Hope you like the view !!!


TEXTO EN ESPAÑOL

El Tema: Sustento

Para este nuevo evento mundial de panoramas en mi contribución he querido utilizar el tema de "Sustento" interpretando su significado como "la necesidad de sobrevivir". En este caso aplicándolo a como la Iglesia Católica se finco y estableció en México prácticamente al mismo tiempo que se fue dando la conquista.

En una tierra en donde cada cultura pre hispánica contaba con su propia religión la Iglesia Católica Española a su llegada se vio en la necesidad de expandir su cobertura, elevar su poder e imponer sus creencias. Para lograr sustentar o sostener esa tarea tan grande la Iglesia Católica Española tuvo que construir conventos, monasterios y misiones a lo largo de todos los territorios recién conquistados. Maravillosas estructuras de hermosa arquitectura, revestidas de enormes lujos y repletas de muestras de talento artístico creado con las manos, el sudor y sangre del pueblo conquistado. Esos edificios coloniales religiosos dieron en gran parte el soporte y los medios no solo para sustentar a la Iglesia Católica Española en sus inicios en América, si no que la llevaron a alcanzar altísimos niveles nunca esperados para ese grupo secular tan allegado a la historia de México.

El Lugar

Los primeros grandes edificios construidos por la Iglesia Católica Española en México aparecieron durante el siglo XVI. En el estado de Hidalgo en una región importante por su minería se encuentra la población de Metztitlán ( cuyo nombre en lengua Náhuatl significa "lugar de la luna" de metzli, luna y tlan, lugar ) que en 1536 los frailes Agustinos escogieron como centro de evangelización para la Sierra Alta. Esta tarea fue encomendada a los frailes Juan de Sevilla y Antonio de Roa. La construcción principal se inició en el año de 1543 para formar lo que hoy se conoce como el Convento de los Santos Reyes. Este convento es reconocido como uno de los más hermosos construidos por los frailes Agustinos en México.

El Panorama

Este panorama lo he tomado desde un ángulo de la explanada del convento. Mirando al rededor es fácil notar como es que esta población se encuentra en un pequeño valle rodeado por todas las montañas que forman la Sierra Alta.


¡ Espero les agrade esta vista panorámica !



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Location

Latin America / Mexico

Lat: 20° 35' 47.69" N
Long: 98° 45' 47.88" W

Elevation: 1,339 m.

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Equipment

Taken with a Nikon D70s Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital camera and the Nikon 10.5mm F/2.8 full frame fisheye lens. Mounted on a "Really Right Stuff" panoramic head. Stitched using Nikon Capture, PTGui, Enblend and Adobe Photoshop CS2 under Microsoft Windows XP Professional. Self made Windows software "Quicky Pano" for QuickTime VR conversion.
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