Church of La Valenciana (Iglesia de la Valenciana) is about 4 km (2.5 mi.) n.w. of downtown on Mex. 110, toward Dolores Hidalgo; some parking is available along the road by the church. The Church of San Cayetano (Iglesia de San Cayetano) is commonly referred to as La Valenciana. It dates from 1788 and was constructed by the Don Antonio de Obregón Alconcer family, wealthy owners of the La Valenciana Mine.
The pink-stone facade, with its profusion of delicate carvings, is a fine example of the florid Churrigueresque architectural style. But it is the interior that is truly breathtaking, adorned with a soaring gilt and gold-leaf, ornately carved retablo (wall behind the main altar), which includes many life-size statues of saints and biblical figures. Two additional retablos, each as tall and as magnificent as the central decoration, grace the transepts on either side. Three huge oil paintings by Luis Monray Pinto depicting biblical stories hang along the side walls of the narthex.
On Dec. 8 a fiesta honors The Immaculate Conception (La Purísima). Buses designated “Valenciana” run from downtown Guanajuato to the church, which has provided services since its inception in the late 18th century.
Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.