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Desierto de los Leones Convent

From $20 MXN

classification

Art, Science and history, Monuments, Historical houses, Religious sites, Parks, Forests, Family entertainment center

schedule

Today
Closed
Tue
10:00-17:00
Wed
10:00-17:00
Thu
10:00-17:00
Fri
10:00-17:00
Sat
10:00-17:00
Sun
10:00-17:00

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+52 (55) 5814 1172

How to get

Carr. México-Toluca s/n. 05020, Cuajimalpa / Desierto de los Leones

in detail

Among the ecological reserves located inside the Distrito Federal is the forest known as Desierto de los Leones. There stands the former convent of Nuestra Señora del Carmen de los Montes de Santa Fe and its site museum. It is a building of the seventeenth century. Now it is a museum that is open for various exhibitions and cultural activities for people of the region. 

As the Discalced Carmelite friars could not directly hold secular offices, they did so through the León family, hence the name of the place, who for many years represented the friars before the Spanish Crown.

The former convent was conceived as a spiritual retreat in nature. The cells and oratories where they practised reflection are preserved. In the basement there is a hydraulic system. The Chapel of Secrets is a curiosity of the monastic architecture, for it  prevents two people in the same room from seeing each other and only allows them to hear each other.

The site was at times a refuge for assailants, the headquarters for Zapatista troops and a glass factory.

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