When it’s time to relax and unwind in the name of an amazing vacation, there’s no place on the map quite like Los Cabos. This beautiful destination calls to travelers who love to get out and explore vibrant terrains that are as thrilling as they are diverse. Between the mountains, desert, sea, and sand, Los Cabos has a little something for every visitor. Where Cabo San Lucas speaks to those who have a passion for dancing, music, food, and shopping, it’s counterpart can be found in San Jose del Cabo where history and architecture reign. When you’re planning to spend some time in this area, make sure to make room on the itinerary for a visit to Parroquia San Jose.
Where History and Religion Collide
The Parroquia San Jose, commonly referred to as the San Jose del Cabo Church, is perhaps one of the most identifiable and popular landmarks in the area. The church sits in the bustling downtown area that also incorporates the town’s main square, putting it right in the heart of all that draws visitors to San Jose del Cabo. Its pale colonial façade includes bell towers that are as impressive to witness as they are to hear. The San Jose del Cabo Church was first built in 1730 by a Jesuit priest, but future conflicts with native tribes brought the first building to the ground. The second version was completed in 1840 but was destroyed during a hurricane. A stronger standing third version was erected in 1940 and was home to Combani Missionaries between 1948 and 1986. Today, the church functions in accordance with its originally designed purpose and mass is held daily.
Visiting the Parroquia San Jose
Visitors are encouraged to come and tour the church as well as participate in mass when services are being held. Once you’ve climbed the steps, you’ll step through an archway into the sanctuary and here, guests are greeted by towering ceilings, tiled flooring, and a decorative altar. The charm and warm welcome of this church make it a popular venue for destination weddings as well as a wonderful place to find peace and tranquility in the middle of a busy day. While there’s plenty to see, the church also hosts a store where books and souvenirs can be purchased as commemorative gifts with proceeds going back to the church. This is one of the best Cabo attractions.
Parroquia San Jose
Los Cabos offers more than just a beautiful beach destination. The culture and charm of downtown San Jose del Cabo offers up a more laid-back option to is southern counterpart Cabo San Lucas. No matter which of these two towns that make up Los Cabos you choose to base your Cabo stay, the downtown area of San Jose del Cabo is well worth a visit, featuring unique attractions such as the Parroquia San Jose!
A Historically Significant Church
Located along the San Jose del Cabo Main Square, or Plaza Mijares, Parroquia San Jose is a charming historical church that is well-loved by both locals and travelers. With its beginnings as the southernmost mission the Jesuit established during Mexico’s colonial period, Parroquia San Jose stands as a storied historical marker. Wide steps lead up to the arched doorway of this charming colonial-style building, with two bell towers flanking the main entry. Over the oversized doorway is an intricate mural depicting the death of the founding Jesuit priest, Tamaral. Intricate tilework and wooden pews inside maintain the church’s original era of design. The large doorway and arched windows allow plenty of light to flood in, and colorful stained-glass windows add additional architectural charm and interest.
Whether you are interested in attending a religious service, admiring striking architecture, or are simply looking for a quiet place to gather your thoughts, all can be done at Parroquia San Jose. The church is open frequently, providing a place to sit and quietly reflect alongside other travelers or locals who have stopped in to pray. Parroquia San Jose is still an active religious building, holding mass services that are open to both locals and travelers. While the main mass is done mostly in Spanish, they also offer a bilingual service.
Around the Area
The San Jose del Cabo Main Square is often bustling with people and frequently hosts live music and vendors where you can pick up churros or plantains, have a seat on the steps, and people watch. Nearby the square are art galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops, offering up plenty of places to stop on your stroll around San Jose del Cabo. This quaint Mexican town offers up plenty in the way of charm and activities when you’re ready to take a break from the beach!
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