Gothic Style Architecture in Mexico

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During the beginning of the colonization, when Spain aspired to convert Mexico over to Christianity, religious structures were built by the different orders - Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians, etc. - that arrived in the country. Gothic architecture was one of the predominant architectural styles at the time.

Gothic architecture makes use of large rosettes and glass windows, pointed arches, and rampant arches. Of course, in Mexico, the pure Gothic style was mixed with Mexican influences, so that there is no example of pure Gothic in the country.

Gothic Architecture in Mexico: Examples

Temple de San Agustin (Mexico City)
The church has neo-gothic columns and façade. It is also adorned simply.

Cathedral de la Asuncion de Hermosillo (Mexico City)
This is one of the more predominant buildings in the city and is built in the neo-gothic and neoclassic styles. Notice the pedestals and elegant columns in the main façade. You can also find a hemispherical finial and towers.

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato (Guanajuato)
This cathedral is made of pink quarry stone. It also mixes the Baroque and Neoclassical styles.

Catedral Metropolitana (Mexico City)
This is a predominantly Gothic architecture, although other styles are also used. This structure was built between the 16th and 18th centuries and was built in honor of the Virgin of Assumption.