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San Juan Parangaricutiro Church, Mexico

From series “Deserted Places Causing the Feeling of Chill”
Towns and villages affected by the destructive elements are always a depressing spectacle. The church of San Juan Parangaricutiro is a witness of a devastating natural disaster. The sight is located in the former settlement of the same name in Mexico. In 1944, during an eruption of the Paricutin volcano the town was completely destroyed. The church building is one of the few that managed to survive.

San Juan Parangaricutiro Church, Mexico Today, the church is almost completely buried under a layer of lava. Since the disaster, it is abandoned. Surrounded by solidified volcanic cones, the dilapidated building looks very grim. Some travelers say that the church resembles to an ancient building that was restored from ruins. During the disaster mighty lava flows were covering the place; they were several meters thick. Given this, the fact that the altar of the church completely survived after the eruption, seems incredible.

Local residents who survived in the disaster, have founded a new settlement nearby. They called it Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro. Several times a year they visit their old deserted church and conduct services. The most massive processions to the church are held on the day of birth of the volcano, which is celebrated before Easter. Huge bundles of flowers that locals bring to the altar on holidays, make the half-ruined church less grim. Tours to this sight are very popular among tourists. Next - Kolmanskop

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ATM bankomat: 'ATM/CAJERO BANCOMER SUC PERIBAN' located in 17 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Rent a Car del Cupatitzio' is located in 22 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'PEMEX' in 9 km
Supermarket: 'Sánchez Aguacates Hass' in 17 km
Parking: 'Ochoa Torres Porfirio' in 21 km
Apotheek: 'Farmacias Similares' in 15 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'La Terraza de la Trucha' in 19 km
Railway station: 'Estacion de Tren' in 22 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Don Miguel Hidalgo Airport GDL - in 159 km
 »  Del Bajio International Airport BJX - in 186 km
 »  Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport ZIH - in 224 km
 »  Playa de Oro International Airport ZLO - in 244 km
 »  Queretaro International Airport QRO - in 250 km
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Best hotels near San Juan Parangaricutiro Church

Mansion del Cupatitzio

Located in 19 km from San Juan Parangaricutiro Church
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Rooms: 57
Each spacious room at Mansion del Cupatitzio has traditional décor. There is free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Guests can enjoy international cuisine and … More: photo, rates and booking
Hacienda San Pedro

Located in 20 km from San Juan Parangaricutiro Church
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Rooms: 6
The accommodations have a rustic style featuring wooden furniture and wooden-beamed ceilings. The bathrooms have hand-painted ceramic sinks and … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Villa de Flores

Located in 21 km from San Juan Parangaricutiro Church
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Rooms: 25
Each room at this hotel comes with a cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. There are also laundry services and free parking. … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Sarabia

Located in 22 km from San Juan Parangaricutiro Church
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Rooms: 56
Rooms at the Hotel Sarabia have simple modern décor with touches of bold colour. All rooms offer a private bathroom and views of the street or city. … More: photo, rates and booking

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