Murals at the Church of San Miguel Archangel in Ixmiquilpan, Mexico

Less than a hundred years after Spanish conquistadors decimated the Aztec Empire, Fray Andrés de la Mata de Barrios saw to the construction of the Church of San Miguel Archangel using local, forced indigenous labor. What resulted from the clash of these two cultures is one of the strangest overlaps of cultural and religious symbolism in Mexico, if not the New World.  

In its completed form, the Church of San Miguel Archangel's architecture took on the fortress style...

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