Mexico City Sights

Ex-Convento del Carmen

  • Av. Revolución 9 Map It
  • San Angel
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 01/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Erected by Carmelite friars with the help of an Indian chieftain between 1615 and 1628, this church, with its domes, fountains, and gardens, was never actually a convent, despite its name. Though some locals might tell you otherwise, nuns never actually lived here. It's one of the most interesting examples of colonial religious architecture in this part of the city, and it has always been an important place for meeting and socializing. The church still operates, but part of it has been converted to Museo Regional del Carmen, with a fine collection of 16th- to 18th-century religious paintings and icons. Another museum area, the well-designed Novohispana, illustrates life in New Spain with work by early colonial artisans and trade guilds. It's also worth visiting the 12 mummified corpses tucked away in the crypt.

Sight Information

Address:

Av. Revolución 9, at Monasterio, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 01000, Mexico

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Phone:

55-5616–2816; 55-5616–1177

Sight Details:

  • MX$48; free Sun.
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–5

Published 01/11/2016

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