Temples

Just about any landscape in Mexico will include a church, often as its most striking feature. Mexico City Temples and Churches—and religious architecture more generally—will take a lifetime to really discover.

Invaded at the height of the European Counter-Reformation, the evangelization of the Americas was always among the most controversial and deepest parts of the Spanish conquest. It's proven to be among the longest lasting. For good or ill, today's inhabitants of Mexico City live, not just in the shadow of a historical conquest, but amongst many of the most striking and original examples of that culture's art, architecture, and building.

Nearly every church in the city is a treasure trove of art. Painting, sculpture, design, carving - even what are today called installations - make up a deep part of the psyche and the look and feel of Mexico City culture. And the buildings themselves, perhaps only most obviously, display techniques, styles, and forms that reflect every aspect of Spain's own complicated relationship with history, occupation, and even colonialism.

"Mexican Baroque" is today a catch all term for the Baroque that arrived here, divided, split and rejoined and formed new styles while celebrating their predecessors. Churrigueresque shares space on the same pages of historians who will insist that it's the "Ultra Baroque." Hardly a church exists in Mexico City that will be called a pure reflection of one style or another. Eclectic is just the first in a long list of words to describe influences from the Moorish to the French to the neo-Classicists and the anti-neo-Classicists.

Santo Tomás Ajusco

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San Matias Church and Barrio La Asunción Atenco

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San Marcos Ixquitlán, Azcapotzalco

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San Andrés Mixquic, Tláhuac

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Desierto de los Leones Monastery

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Museo de el Carmen: Temple and Monastery

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San Salvador Nextengo, Azcapotzalco

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Chapel of the Assumption, Iztacalco

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Chapel of Santa Cruz Atencopa, Iztacalco

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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City

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San Jeronimito Atlixco

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Sanctorum Church & Graveyard

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Templo del Carmen, La Lagunilla

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Concepción Tequipeuhcan, Tepito

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Santa Lucía Tomatlan

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San Pedro Zacatenco

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Santiago Atzacoalco Temple & Graveyard

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San Lucas Atenco, Azcapotzalco

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Contadero & the Immaculate Conception Church

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San Mateo Tlaltenango Church and Town

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San Salvador El Seco Chapel & Plaza

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Templo de la Divina Providencia, el Pañuelito

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San Andrés Apóstol in San Andrés Tomatlán

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Lord of Mercies Shrine, San Pedro Atocpan

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