National Geographic : 1916 Jul
Photograph byFrank H.Probert THE CHURCH OF SAN CAYETANO: GUANAJUATO, MEXICO This is one of the most imposing churches of Mexico. It was built by the rich peon owner of the great Valenciana mine, which issaid to have had an output worth nearly half a billion dollars. He intended to make a basilica rather than a chapel outofit,but the controversy be tween him and the local head of the church resulted in the lowering of its rank by having only one tower complete. Itissaid that after the church was built silver was found to exist under its foundations, and that he was offered fabulous sumsifhewould allow ittobetorn down and rebuilt on another site, so that the ore deposits could be worked. In its palmy days its service cost $25,000 ayear.