Posts Tagged ‘blanco y negro’
The izote tree, yucca guatemalensis, is the Mesoamerican cousin of the yucca tree or Joshua tree and one of my favorite plants to photograph. Simply take a photo tour through the archives for izote. Izote is can be found in almost all gardens and fences here and everywhere in Mexico and Central America and the south of the United States.
The izote tree often used in the hedgerows around Antigua Guatemala. Its white flowers are edible and they are considered a delicacy. The izote tree flower is also the national flower for the country of El Salvador.
This is the humble entrance to the huge convent complex of Las Capuchinas, founded as Convento e Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza. This building is now a museum. Also, this is another architectural master piece by colonial architect Diego de Porres whom we talked about when we covered the Parroquia Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. You should ALWAYS follow the white rabbit.
P.S. Don´t forget to click on the images to view the large version where the details are so much better.
Would you like to know why this public water tank and washbasins goes by the name of Tanque de la Unión? The park also takes the name or viceversa as Parque de la Unión. I have published this information before.
I will send a photo post card of this picture to the first person who can explain why the park and the water tank is called the La Unión. Good luck to all participants!
One more entry on our black and white series of the churches in and around Antigua Guatemala at night. This is the façade of Parroquia Nuestra Señora de los Remedios better known as Escuela de Cristo. Yesterday we saw an inside view of la Escuela de Cristo. This parroquia, parish, is located on the southeast quadrant of Antigua Guatemala, about 8 blocks from Central Park, between Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande and El Calvario church. Las Capuchinas monastery and Escuela de Cristo are two church buildings that are different from the rest of the churches in Antigua Guatemala because they were built with simple stone façades with no stucco, except for the bell housings. Escuela de Cristo and Las Capuchinas are the masterpieces of colonial architect Diego de Porres, mulato libre as noted on his birth certificate. The construction of this parroquia was finally finished in 1730.
Can you guess why it was SO important to note the fact that Diego de Porres was a mulato libre on his birth certificate?
Here’s a little quote from an interesting article about Diego de Porres on Prensa Libre‘s web site. If you can read Spanish or translate it, I recommend you follow the white rabbit. You should ALWAYS follow the white rabbit.
Al fallecer Joseph de Porres en 1703, su hijo Diego se encontraba trabajando con él en La Recolección, por lo que le correspondió terminarla. A sus 25 años, su prestigio debió ser considerable, pues ese mismo año, el Ayuntamiento lo nombró Arquitecto Mayor de la Ciudad.