❖ Parroquia de San José
Built between 1673 and 1686, the walls of this church are adorned with elegant diamond shapes, and the second part of the facade features a niche with the figure of Saint Joseph.
Inside, it holds baroque, 18th-century altarpieces and the remains of Don Juan Rangel de Biezma, the town founder. While the exact date of the town’s founding is unknown, the plaza did exist in 1633 when the first church was built. It is home to the famous sundial.
❖ Iglesia de la
Iglesia de la Virgen del Rayo
Legend has it that, in Parral, religious routine gave a shocking turn when a miracle occurred. In 1686, a procession was held to beg the Virgen del Rayo for much needed rain.
Then, the miracle happened: a bolt of lightning lit up the devotees, making the Virgin’s face glow. As a result, the church changed its name, and in 1723 the adored figure was honored with the title of ‘Generalísima’.
During the Mexican Revolution, Villa and his forces took Parral, and the church was damaged and burned. After being rescued and carefully restored, the image returned to its place of worship on the altar. Brought from Spain and presiding in the place of honor, the Virgen del Rayo has become the focus of devotion for Parral’s faithful.
❖ Teatro Hidalgo
Ambassador for Parral’s rich cultural heritage from the times of the Porfiriato at the turn of the 20th century, this majestic building remains, after a remodel, as an inviting open-air theater.
Over the years, it has played a number of roles, including as a barracks for liberal forces under General Donato Guerra and as part of the Church and Convent of San Francisco de Asís.
Its grand walls have echoed with symphonies such as the immortal opera of Giuseppe Verdi, Il Trovatore; masterpieces such as Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and Faust, which transcended borders and left their mark on the world.
For a time, this space became a movie theater, captivating audiences from 1923 to 1928.