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San Martín Chapel in San Pedro Atocpan


The slightly crooked, and much loved San Martín Chapel is close to the heart of San Pedro Atocpan, in Milpa Alta. This is even despite the much newer and larger church for the town. The nearby church and monastery of San Pedro Apóstol serves as the main town parish.

The San Martín Chapel is open only on Fridays, but satisfies much of that urge for the old, and the imperfect, and the charming. A colonial building of the 16th and 17th centuries, its construction materials actually came directly from the Teuhtli volcano, its roof is made of stone and brick with an odd two domes.

The Plaza San Martín is not precisely in the center of the population, but is located next to the road that goes to Milpa Alta. A large space of trees, gardens, and the nearby kiosk is of concrete. A little hidden, on the south side of the plaza San Martín Chapel is beautifully adorned in its arch, in the pilasters that support it, and in the frieze, with the faces of angels, rehiletes, and plant elements in relief.

The church facade dates to 1560 and a pair of two-headed eagles stand out on the ledge. The simple bell tower as yet has no bells.

Several small restaurants and shops sell mole around the square and a visit makes for a fine lunchtime experience.



Plaza San Martín s/n, Pueblo San Pedro Atocpan.