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SAN JUAN BAUTISTA IN CUAUHTINCHAN

Preserving the Legacy of San Juan Bautista Convent in Cuauhtinchan

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA IN CUAUHTINCHAN
Cuauhtinchan/Puebla, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

Located in the Mexican state of Puebla, the San Juan Bautista convent in Cuauhtinchan was built between 1528 and 1554 on the site of a 12th-century Tolteca-Chichimeca foundation to support the religious conversion of indigenous populations shortly after the Spanish Conquest. The complex consists of an atrium, church, convent, pilgrims’ portal, garden, and cemetery.

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HOW WE HELPED

A local advocacy group working with the National Institute of Anthropology and History proposed a long-term preservation plan, including the conservation of mural paintings, altars, and objects in the complex as well as the promotion of cultural tourism to stimulate the local economy. Due to the conservation issues facing the site, the complex was included on the 2006 Watch. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The convent complex at Cuauhtinchan is an enduring reminder of the influence of Franciscans in the region following Cortez’s conquest of Mexico. The interior of the convent is of great artistic importance and the main altarpiece, believed to be the work of painter Nicolás Tejeda de Guzmán and sculptor Pedro de Brizuela, is famed for its size and antiquity.