Catedral de San Marcos
Across Avenida Central from the Plaza Cívica is San Marcos cathedral, a stark white structure that extends more than a city block. The long narrow nave is flanked by gold-painted relief arches, in which oversize paintings (in equally oversize frames) portray dramatic religious scenes. The altar has large-scale paintings as well, and there’s a small shady plaza outside the main doors.
The cathedral’s German-made 48-bell carillon chimes hourly, with a large repertoire of international tunes, while carved figures of the 12 apostles trolley around a short track in the bell tower.
San Marcos was originally built in the second half of the 16th century as a Dominican convent. Today only the central section of the front arch remains.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition