Morelia, Mexico, Mar 9, 2021 / 13:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
St. James the Apostle church in Nurio, in the Mexican state of Michoacán, was destroyed by a fire on Sunday.
The church building which dates to 1639, contained historical works of indigenous art preserved there for centuries. Its exterior walls are standing, but the roof and interior have been gutted.
Nurio is located about 80 miles west of Morelia.
Alejandra Frausto, the Mexican government’s Secretary of Culture, lamented the March 7 destruction of the church on Twitter.
“Devastating images of the fire in the Santiago Apóstol church in Nurio, Paracho district, Michoacán. One of the most beautiful churches in the world. We will provide all necessary support,” Frausto wrote.