St. Gabriel (San Gabriel), Cholula, Puebla, 16th Century
The cornerstone of this Franciscan monastery was set in 1549. The church was dedicated in 1552, but construction continued well past this date. The most unique feature of the complex is the Capilla Real, a structure that was built and maintained by the indigenous people of the region. Reminiscent of the mosque in Córdoba, the interior contains nine aisles, each with seven bays, separated by octagonal and round columns. Originally the bays had wooden artesonado ceilings, but they were replaced by tiled domes in the 18th century.