floating temple mount
shored up with good intentions
faith, built on water
Built on water-logged marshland (actually, a reclaimed lagoon) and with the stone from the ruins of the grand Aztec Temple of the City of Tenochtitlan, stands Mexico City’s Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens (Metropolitan Cathedral).
Metropolitan Cathedral displays a mix of architectural styles from Gothic to Neoclassical. Its first stone was laid in 1571; construction continued on the exterior until 1813. It is the largest and oldest church in Latin America.
Trivia: Although shored up by modern herculean engineering techniques and considered officially “safe” for public use, Metropolitan Cathedral is still sinking.
These wooden entrance doors featured above continue to suffer from the ravages of the constantly waterlogged marshland soil under Metropolitan Cathedral’s massive 67-meter height (220 feet) – see door closeup below:
The painstaking restoration of these doors can be seen below:
Wider angle view, Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City below:
Written for #ThursdayDoors – Dan Antion @ No Facilities