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"Cúpula Mexicana II," La Parroquia de Neustra Señora de los Dolore

Location: Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
Catalog Number: 3244

During our stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I discovered upon visiting their beautiful churches, that each had a chandelier hanging from the center of the cúpula over the transept in front of the altar.  When I positioned myself directly under the light fixture, I was able to perceive the perfect kaleidoscopic patterning created by the chandeliers and the surfaces in the domes. The word “mandala” immediately came to mind.

These cúpulas/mandalas can be appreciated on many levels.  In themselves, they are elegant and artful symmetrical creations.  They can be seen as a representation of the grandeur, order and complexity of the celestial universe.  To some they might be evocative of the light emanating from the supreme.  For others, they might create a sacred space into which one can send one’s prayers, concerns, and hopes.  Also, for many, the inviting geometry can readily serve as a path to contemplative thought.  There are currently 8 in this series.  I hope you enjoy them.

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