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SAN FRANCISCO DE SALES CHURCH

Cataño, Puerto Rico

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Located in an urbanization of one and two story residences, the church stands out from a distance as the principal landmark in the area.
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Its roof, a simple volume, reflects the soaring interior space, the highest point being a skylight over the altar.


Photo by Stephen & Gil Amiaga

At ground level, an arcade wraps around three sides of the church, providing pedestrian rain protection and creating a deep buffer zone for keeping rain and sun from penetrating the interior.


Photo by Max Toro

Designed for natural ventilation, the extensive windows on three sides can also be completely open even during extreme weather conditions. In the tradition of many old churches, an “espadaña”, or bell wall, spans over the entrance.


Photo by Stephen & Gil Amiaga

The interior is dramatic, rising to a height of 65 feet. Wood is used on the ceiling, the natural color giving warmth to the space. The wall behind the altar is layered to break the monotony of a large surface and to allow for the placement of images in the future.


Photo by Max Toro

The interior is dramatic, rising to a height of 65 feet. Wood is used on the ceiling, the natural color giving warmth to the space. The wall behind the altar is layered to break the monotony of a large surface and to allow for the placement of images in the future.


Photo by Max Toro

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