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Triumphal Arch

The principal entrance of virtually all 16th century Mexican churches is patterned after the Roman Arch of Titus (82 A.D.): an arched portal framed by double columns with embedded niches, crowned by a classical entablature.  In New Spain, this arch symbolizes the power of Spanish colonial rule and the triumph of Christianity over pre-Conquest paganism. 

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Triumphal Arch