The Shrine of Fatima (Santuario de Fátima) stands way out above the rooftops in Roma Norte. The startling modernist church was built between 1958 and 1962 for the Theatine congregation. The architect was Nicolás Mariscal, brother of the somewhat better-known Federico Ernesto Mariscal. In his own right though, Nicolás had, decades earlier, designed the stridently Neo-Classical Tribuna Monumental in Chapultepec Park.
For out of town visitors, the church certainly catches the eye. It’s a prominent representative of our own section on 20th Century Religious Architecture. The Fatima Shrine has a central entranceway flanked by two pylon-like pillars. The enormous cross doesn’t just announce the Christian vocation, but acts a tie-bar keeping the whole roof together. Inside, the church is every bit as operatic as you might hope for.
Badly damaged in the 1985 earthquake, the Church was saved with a serious structural intervention by José Creixell and José Hanhausen. Creixell is better-known for his own Church of the Immaculate Conception in Iztapalapa.
Phone: 55 5574 3854
Price: Free admission
C. de Chiapas 107, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 CDMX