This is the second post in a series on Venezuelan architecture that started last week with a post called close inspiration.

When studying Venezuela and its religious architecture, we notice as much variety of styles, as ethnic diversity.

Understanding what Venezuela is, a country where cultures mix with each other integrating and turning them into new and renewed traditions, allows us to understand the lifestyle of our people and therefore, its architecture.

All we are is a reflection of our experiences in time and the different situations that we have lived through, and religious architecture does not escape from this reasoning.

In this particular case, if we go back in time to the early years, we see buildings that reflected simplicity and modesty; constructions were quite similar to each other because the quality and design were determined by the restricted variety of building materials used, which was the result of our limited financial situation.

But time managed to overturn this simplicity. Gradually, the country’s history and its economic improvements made ​​it possible to begin to introduce new materials and designs, to the point where, today, we have such a variety of architectural styles in the color palette of religious architecture that we can see there is something for everyone.

Some of these projects are examples of greatness and knowledge, and others seem simple displays of rarity, living proof of our variety and of how open minded Venezuelan people may get to be.

In my vague attempts to tell the world just a little of what Venezuela is and has to offer, I have grouped some images that reflect the variety of styles. It is just a small sample of the diversity present in religious architecture in my country.

These images speak for themselves and show us that, as in our population, the tastes are diverse and varied:

From the baroque style of the first examples of religious architecture in Venezuela,

San Charbel Church – Puerto Ordaz / San Alejo Church - Bocono

Passing through beautiful variations of traditional styles,

Stone Church - Mucuchies (Cultural Heritage of Venezuela)

To finally entering modernism,

Divino Redentor Church - San Cristobal / Cathedral - San Felipe

Cathedral of Our Lady of Coromoto - Guanare

Even showing styles that are… different,

San Tarcisio Church - Maracaibo

Cathedral - Barquisimeto

And ending with this project, which has a beautiful interplay between architecture and landscape, which is one of the projects that makes me feel more proud to be Venezuelan.

Benedictine Abbey - Guigue (National Prize of Architecture)