St. Matthew (San Mateo), 18th Century, Santa Elena, Yucatan
The church of San Mateo sits atop ancient Maya ruins that raise it well above the surrounding town of Santa Elena. The sacristy dates from the 16th century when it formed part of a Franciscan visita. The rest of the church was built in the 18th century, completed in 1779. This austere rural church houses a number of colonial retablos, including some unique box retablos.