The Three Wisemen (Tres Reyes Magos), Tizimín, Yucatán, 16th- 18th Century
Located 50 kilometers north of Valladolid, this Franciscan monastery was founded in 1553. While the monastery was complete by 1588, the present church was not built until the mid 18th century. Stone statues of the Three Wise Men were once displayed in niches in the austere facade of the church. Almost devoid of ornament, the facade stands between two huge tower bases. The towers, which might have softened the severity of the facade, were never built. Dating from colonial times up to the present, this convento has served as a major pilgrimage site for those celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Men. The height of the two-week-long celebration is Epiphany on January 6.