UNESCO names Tlaxcala Cathedral a World Heritage Site
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the Tlaxcala Cathedral to its World Heritage list.
The organization’s World Heritage committee announced that it had included the Franciscan Ensemble of the Monastery and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Tlaxcala in its existing World Heritage site known as “Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatépetl” volcano.
UNESCO noted that the cathedral and monastery were part of a construction program launched by Spanish colonizers in 1524 for the evangelization of Mexico.
“The ensemble is one of the first five monasteries established by Franciscan, Dominican, and Augustinian friars, and one of three still standing. The other two are already inscribed on the World Heritage List,” UNESCO said.
With the addition of the Tlaxcala Cathedral and Monastery, the slopes of Popocatépetl World Heritage site, which was established in 1994, now consists of 15 monasteries. Eleven are located in Morelos, and three are in Puebla.
The colonizing Spaniards’ alliance with the native Tlaxcalans helped them gain permission from indigenous groups to build cathedrals and monasteries in central Mexico during the early days of the colony known as New Spain. The Tlaxcala Cathedral and Monastery was largely built with the labor of indigenous people, who learned carpentry, sculpture, and goldsmithing skills, among others, from the Spanish.
The Tlaxcala Cathedral was the first in the region to be built in the renaissance architectural style, and it is also considered an early example of new-Hispanic, or viceregal, art.
From the beginning of the relationship between Spanish evangelizers and indigenous people in the land now known as Mexico, “a very particular” style of art emerged, said Francisco Vidargas, deputy world heritage director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
Mexico’s 16th-century monasteries are among “the most original artistic and architectural contributions of Iberian American art.”
There are pre-Hispanic elements on the walls of the Tlaxcala cathedral and monastery. The religious complex was not built over a ceremonial or sacred pre-Hispanic site, as was the case with some churches built in colonial days, but is located near a water spring that was sacred for the ancient tlaxcatecas.
Mexico has 35 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the historic center of Mexico City and Xochimilco, the archaeological zone of Paquimé in Chihuahua, and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán and Mexico state.
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