San Servacio Church – Valladolid, Yucatan
It is located on the southern side of the main square and was built by Priest Francisco Hernandez on March 24, 1545. In 1705 it was demolished by appointment of Bishop Pedro de los Rios Reyes, after the desecration of such sacred building, in the so called “Crime of Mayors.”
In 1706 it was restored as we see it now, and to prevent the altar of the new church to have the same position when it was tainted, a new orientation was given to it. For this reason the church is facing the north and west, as most of the colonial temples in Yucatan, were built facing towards Rome.
On the main facade there is a coat of arms carved on stone with arabesques, a royal crown and a Franciscan cord, and in the central part of it, bears an eagle and a palm, peculiar characteristic of the churches made by the Franciscans.
Two square towers rise, on the side from the central facade; conformed of three structural bodies and on top of the main gate, there is a small booth for the clock, the only public one in the city. The building consists of temple, court and annex, with an area of 6.658 square meters.
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