The five Franciscan missions of Sierra Gorda were built during the last phase of the conversion to Christianity of the interior of Mexico in the mid-18th century and became an important reference for the continuation of the evangelization of California, Arizona and Texas.

The richly decorated church façades are of special interest as they represent an example of the joint creative efforts of the missionaries and the Indios.

The rural settlements that grew around the missions have retained their vernacular character.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

5 sites in this World Heritage

  • Santiago de Jalpan
  • Santa María del Agua de Landa
  • San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco
  • Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol
  • San Miguel Concá

Santiago de Jalpan

Santa María del Agua de Landa

San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco

Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol

San Miguel Concá

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DATA

Region
Latin America and the Caribbean
Country
Mexico 
Category
Cultural
Name
Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)
Year of Registered
2003
Keyword
Registered in 2003