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San Andrés Apóstol church and former convent, Mixquic

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Religious sites, Cultural houses

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Av. Independencia s/n, Col. San Andrés Mixquic. 13648, San Andrés Mixquic

in detail

Mixquic lies on the border with the State of Mexico. Once part of Chalco lake, it was a chinanpa (floating orchard) area, dedicated to agricultural production.

The church and the convent were built in the sixteenth century under the surveillance of Augustinian friars. They were erected over a Mixquica ceremonial center. The church has three ample, beautiful naves. The wooden door preserves the original nails and brass finishes. On the altarpiece, a Christ made of corn paste known as the Señor de las Maravillas, with some outstanding features: the ankles, knees and shoulders are articulated to give him movement, and the hair is natural. The patron saint of the temple carries a fish in his hand, symbol of the main activity in Mixquic: fishing.

At the church atrium there are two pre-Hispanic pieces well preserved: a figure of Mixquixtl, goddess of life and death; and a sculpture of a Chac Mool, the messenger of gods, whose limits are established by two rings of the ball game.

The patron celebrations are held on November 30th; although its main festival is the Day of the Dead on November 1st and 2nd.

In the cemetery located next to the church, the tombs are decorated with marigolds, candles, and incense. On the night of November 2nd, villagers flock to pray to their dead relatives and wait for their return to Earth.

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