The building of the beautiful cathedral in Puebla spanned part of the 16th and 17th century, and I've read that the decorations of the interior went on beyond that. Like many of the churches and cathedrals that dot the landscape of Latin America, they came to be in the midst of the Baroque movement in architecture. And I could certainly see that as I stood in the middle of that historic cathedral. Look how the walls and ceilings almost drip in embellishment.
It was really an amazing treat to even have a few minutes to wander inside the church. While I thought the exterior was classic and beautiful, I was not prepared for the architectural statement the inside made. The outside feels subdued by comparison. Had I been in Puebla longer, I have no doubt I would have wandered inside once more. As it was. I took out my widest lens because inherent distortions and all, I wanted to take in as much of sweeping architecture of the cathedral. And like many of my wide angle interior photos, I feel like I could step back into this one, like I'm once more standing on that same spot dazzled by my surroundings.
Can't you feel the still quietness, the cool air, a respite from outside, and sense the warm light flooding from high above in the dome? I know I can. It's like I've stolen that memory and put it in a picture, once more surrounded by the baroque in Puebla's cathedral.
May 7th, 2013
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