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Golden Chapel, Gilded Achievement: Welcome to the Capilla del Rosario

The Church of Santo Domingo in Puebla, Mexico, is a rather ordinary looking cathedral, but inside, a wonder awaits. The Capilla del Rosario is a chapel within the church featuring ornate sculptures, oil paintings, and—perhaps most stunning of all—walls, domes, arches and moldings adorned in 23-carat gold leaf. This sterling example of Mexican Baroque architecture might stand as a gilded, 17th-century shrine to Catholic faith, but it remains a towering achievement of the human ability to create beauty in edifice.

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