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Iglesia de San Juan - Historical Building Pasto - Colombia

Walking into Iglesia de San Juan’s interior is like entering a mosque. Built within a century of the Spanish conquest of the Americas,this temple, Pasto’s original cathedral, exhibits a pure Mozarabic style of Islamic-era Spain. Note the almost complete absence of human figures within, the walls instead receivingan interlaced vine-design treatment.

The arches are peak-arched with scalloped edges, as in Arab architecture. The ceiling of the apse is mudjedar: a giant wood jigsaw puzzle held together with no glue, nails or pegs. The windows in that part of the church, as well as in the left-hand chapel are covered with wooden, carved screens.


Calle 18 and Carrera 25

Pasto, Colombia

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Relative price: Free

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The main plaza, Parque Caldas, is only a half block away. There are many other fine churches nearby, as well as museums.

Here are other activities in and around Pasto that may be of interest: The Churches of Pasto and Iglesia del Cristo Rey.

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