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Nuestra Señora del Carmen Temple and Convent

ATTRACTIONS · Museums , Monumental Mexico
From $52 MXN

classification

Science and history, Religious sites

schedule

Mon
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
Today
10:00-17:00

at your disposal

+52 (55) 5616 1177

How to get

Av. Revolución #4, Col. San Ángel. 01000, San Ángel

in detail

There are two constructions: Nuestra Señora del Carmen Convent and Carmen Temple. The first one is a museum where temporal and permanent exhibitions are shown. Rooms with permanent exhibitions are divided into La vida conventual (Life in the convent), El silencio de los carmelitas (The silence of the Carmelites), where history of the convent is told throughout paintings, sculptures, documents, furniture and liturgical objects; La vida laboral (Work Life): Talleres de artesanos (Artisan’s workshops) and La vida señorial (Lordly Life): Casa de una familia (Family home).

The church was built by Bishop Andrés de San Miguel, between 1615 and 1626, who was a member of the Barefoot Carmelites order, that strived to recover the austerity and devotion which originated the order. The construction  included a school and a monastery for men. The domains of the company stretched from Chimalistac until San Jacinto, River Chico and River Magdalena passed through the land, which allowed the town’s prosperity. The idyllic landscapes of the convent´s orchards attracted the aristocracy of the city, who built summer retreats here. Hence San Angel was founded.

After the Reform of 1858 in which nationalization of church estates was declared, the school was closed down and it became part of the town council. A part of these lands were used as prison, barrack and others. Since 7th July 1921, Secretaría de Educación Pública decreed that the former convent to become the El Carmen Museum, but the temple still is used as a church.

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