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This is an other one of Cuernavaca Cathedral, "la ciudad de la eterna primavera" (the city of eternal spring).

Upon the entrance you can see (ok it's hard to see anything but let's imagine then...) there are 2 bones made of stone, which are displayed as an X cross. Upon this X, there is a skull sculpted (this one I know you cannot see from that picture). This sculpture appeared very odd to me. I had never seen anything like that.

A bit of history, copied from www.mexicodesconocido.com/mex :

In 1529, the Franciscans arrived in Cuernavaca where they immediately set about building a monasterial complex which, like all those of their order, is characterized by its architectural sobriety and fortress-like appearance. Nevertheless, the inside of the church and the complex contain valuable colonial treasures. The Catedral de la Asunción boasts al fresco paintings produced in the 17th century in which simple, almost Oriental brushstrokes are used to depict the arrival of the Franciscan missionaries in the East and the martyrdom of Felipe de las Casas, San Felipe de Jesús, the first Mexican saint. The monasterial complex is complemented by a spacious, two-story cloister, the Capilla de la Tercera Orden, added later, the Capilla del Carmen and the open chapel, also built in the 16th century. A visit to Cuernavaca Cathedral, in the center of the city, is a must for all those interested in finding out more about the history of the state of Morelos.

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