The First Temple of Our Lady of the Conception in the Villa of San Francisco de Campeche

Heber Ojeda Mas and Carlos Huitz Baqueiro

in Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial Campeche

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034928
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039626 | DOI:
The First Temple of Our Lady of the Conception in the Villa of San Francisco de Campeche

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This chapter further explores the historical antecedents of the colonial church. In 1999 the Government of Campeche entrusted the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) with the reconstruction of the old Palacio de Cabildo (town hall). This was one of three buildings that closed the northern side of the Plaza de Armas and that fell victim to “modernization” in 1963. Their demolition was pronounced in a decree signed on June 20, 1962. This document indicates that the old town hall obstructed public transit, was of no architectural value, suffered from structural instability (due to the deterioration of the wooden beams of its mezzanine and roof) and, finally, did not meet “minimal functional requirements.” The recent reconstruction of the Palacio de Cabildo observed its eighteenth-century proportions and dimensions based on the original architectonic plans.

Keywords: Palacio de Cabildo; town hall; public transit; architectural value; colonial church; architectonics

Chapter.  8662 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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