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At least two Catholic churches in Valladolid need restoration, says Mayor Alfredo Fernandez Arceo.  

In a press conference, he explained that the churches of San Servacio and The Candelaria are part of the tourist offer of the city, so it must be a priority to keep them in good condition.

The Cathedral of Valladolid, at night. As this is the main temple of the city, one can still find it in optimal conditions. Photo: Getty

One of the biggest celebrations in Valladolid is offered on behalf of Our Lady of Candelaria, the patron saint of the agricultural, livestock and handicraft fair. It is celebrated every Feb. 2, and it is an important date for tourism in the city.

During 2007, resources were invested to illuminate the interior of the church, but several lights have burned out over the years and only a few remain functional. The exterior lacks lighting too, particularly in the two towers, says Fernández Arceo.

Church of the Candelaria. Photo: Courtesy

A few years later, through the help of a foundation, the building and the main altarpiece of the Candelaria chapel were renovated. But due to lack of maintenance, several parts are in poor shape once again.

The temple of the Candelaria is made up of a single nave. It has a small atrium to the south and in its interior has a vaulted ceiling, a carved wood pulpit, an altarpiece with botanical motives, and niches with religious images.

Valladolid, Yucatán. Photo: SFGate

The mayor has said that he is willing to invest the necessary resources, depending on his budget, to carry out the corresponding works. His office has also committed to dialogue with personnel of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), to rescue these religious precincts.

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