Exterior of the Catedral de la Concepción Inmaculada
Main interior features
Doctors of the Church: St. Augustine, Pope Gregory I, St. Jerome, and St Ambrose. These four were seminal thinkers in the development of the central doctrines of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the scaffolding was to allow painting and repairs to the dome. These old buildings require constant care to prevent deterioration.
Retablos, statues, and paintings
Greek sculptor and architect named Callimachus. However, the style was not widely utilized until 146 BC, when the Romans conquered Greece following the climactic Battle of Corinth. The Romans quickly adopted the Corinthian column along with many other aspects of Greek culture. After the Roman Empire fell to waves of barbarian invaders in the mid-5th Century AD, the people of the Dark Ages were much more inclined to build crude defensive fortifications than stately Corinthian columns. Classical Greek and Roman architectural styles effectively disappeared from Western Europe, except those found among the ancient ruins. They were eventually revived during the 18th Century, when there was a renewed interest in all things Greek and Roman. The Neo-Classical style was approaching its peak of popularity in the 19th Century when this church was constructed.
Archangel Michael commanded God's army. After Satan and his followers were defeated, they were expelled from Heaven and fell to earth, thus creating the expression "fallen angels." Ever since, as the story goes, Satan has tried to lead humanity away from the "true path" and into the ways of evil. Michael is nearly always depicted as an armed warrior tromping upon his defeated enemy.
This completes Part 3 of my Zamora series. I hope you have enjoyed it and, if so, that you take the time to add any comments of questions to the Comments section below. However, if you leave a question, PLEASE leave your email address so that I can respond.
Hasta luego, Jim