The Souls Chapel: Death, Music and Books

San Luis de la Paz, Gto. Monday, June, 11 2012.  The building of the San Luis Rey Parish Bookstore has a dark past known by only a few.  It was built in the middle of the 17th Century, and originally served as a chapel, called The Souls.  Here, people prayed for the purification of the souls in the purgatory.  Its location was not by chance, since the parish atrium was a cemetery during the Colonial Era.  Centuries later, it was the oratory for Saint Cecilia, Patron Saint of the musicians. Today, books and other articles religious are sold in this place. 

The portal of the old temple has a baroque style.  As remainder of its somber devotion in the Viceroyalty Period, it has a couple of figures, one of man and one of a woman, in the flames of purgatory. It has an skull in the center top, representing death. 

Its interior has been remodeled as almost the rest of the temples of the city.  Therefore, we do not know if the details are original or new.  In recent times, it was also known as the Chapel of Saint Cecilia, Patron Saint of the musicians, who until now celebrate her every November 22.


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