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Considered to be one of the most perfect artistic expressions of its age, this church was constructed in the baroque style of the well-known Spanish architect Jose de Churriguera. The beauty and grace of the building are equaled only by the Cathedral Metropolitan next door. The facade is similar in style to altarpieces for a church's interior, and there is a special resemblance to the Altar de los Reyes (Kings Altar) located within the cathedral itself. The difference lies in the fact that this facade was not created out of wood or gold, as was traditional at the time, but rather of stone flanked by tezontle walls, which accentuates the rich and precise handiwork.
Pasaje Catedral is located at behind the Metropolitan Cathedral. The incense aroma of this passage will make you think you are in a chapel and it is more or less a religious place. You will find objects and books relating to Catholicism at the various small stalls. From idols to candles, Bibles to rosaries and vestments. There are also herbal stores which are run by herbalists.
A collection of anonymous oils from the 18th and 19th centuries is housed in La Enseñanza, a convent built in 1754 in a beautiful Baroque style. The original choral stands are practically still intact, with the latticed windows that allowed the resident nuns to see without being seen. This, in fact, was quite a rare attribute in a Mexican convent. To visit the art gallery and choral stands, just ask for permission to do so on Sundays after mass, at around 1pm.
The Iglesia de Santa Teresa la Antigua visible today, dates back to the 17th century and was part of the convent of the same name. Built between 1678 and 1684, its Baroque-influenced façade follows the style of well-known Spanish architect Jose de Churriguera. The church's most striking feature is its massive eight-sided dome topped with a slender tambour, which was once famed for being the highest in the New World. However, the one seen today was reconstructed in 1859, after an earthquake destroyed the original. This church forms part of the Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, which presents some of the most avant-garde exhibitions of Mexican and international visual art today.
The Metropolitan Cathedral or Catedral Metropolitana is one of the most important historical buildings in Mexico City. Construction was started at the beginning of the 18th Century and continued throughout the next 300 years. This is why different influences can be detected in the architectural style, dominated by Spanish Renaissance and French Neo-Classicism, along with a Baroque touch to the rose sandstone roof. The cathedral's five aisles are adorned with ornate altars and elaborate engravings, and its floors are made of marble. Don't miss this transcendental symbol of the Mexican people's faith and devotion.
This church, a shining example of Spanish architect Jose de Churriguera s baroque style, dates back to the second half of the 18th century. It formed part of the Conjunto Conventual de la Compañía de María, a religious order dedicated to the education of the abandoned mixed-race daughters of Spaniards and Native Americans. There are altarpieces dedicated to San Juan Nepomuceno and San Ignacio de Loyola, amongst others, as well as paintings venerating the Virgin of Pilar. A visit to this church is an unforgettable experience. It houses many finely-crafted altarpieces, and an overwhelming amount of gold, creating an incredible feeling of openness and light. It is a beautiful piece of baroque work that impresses with an intelligent use of decorative objects in a small space.
Legend has it that the Palace of Axayácatl, where Moctezuma II once gave shelter to Hernán Cortés and his captains, once stood here. However, over the course of time, the Monte de Piedad Nacional was constructed on the spot. This building dates back to 1775. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a new floor was added, making it larger, but not affecting its elegant appearance. Visitors today will find a huge shop here that sells second-hand objects.
Centro Histórico is a heritage quarter in Mexico City and home to some of its finest architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the power center of both the Aztec Empire and New Spain and preserves their unique architectural legacies. 1550 structures in this neighborhood have historical value and exhibit architectural styles such as Art Deco, Beaux-Arts, Italiante and Baroque. A walk through the streets reveals diverse buildings dating from the 16th to 20th Centuries and a plethora of museums. Famous structures here include the Palacio Nacional and the Catedral Metropolitana. This locality also encompasses the Zócalo or the Plaza de la Constitución, Latin America's largest city square. It is the perfect place for those looking to soak in old-world Mexican culture. The best time to visit the Centro Histórico is during the Festival del Centro Histórico, a celebration of culture.