The Atrial Arc of San Luis Rey Parish, the City Icon

San Luis de La Paz, Gto. Monday, July 9, 2012. The atrial arc of San Luis Rey Parish, built in the late nineteenth century, it is undeniably the most representative symbol of the city.  When you are away and think of San Luis de la Paz, it is perhaps the first image that comes to mind.  It originates from the fact that for years it has been used as emblem of the logos of the regional fair, including 2012, and that next to the church is the edification most frequently used on postcards and photographs on the internet. 

This monument at one time served as a gateway to the atrium of the temple of our patron saint. Since the late nineteenth century until the 1970s, the atrium had walls and railings that separated it from the street.  Therefore, the only way to enter the church was through this arc. 

The barriers were removed forty years ago with the idea to make the church more accessible to people.   The removed bars were installed at other shrines as Lord Ecce Homo and La Purisima. Since then, the arc is alone, silently witnessing the events of the life of San Luis de la Paz.


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