The San Mateo Tlaltenango Church was begun in in 1571 by the Franciscans. It was first dedicated to St. John the Baptist, who is said to have guided the Franciscans to this spot.
Years later, the same saint indicated to the Carmelites that they were to build the Monastery at Desierto de los Leones. So when they arrived, in 1700, residents re-dedicated this church to San Mateo.
With a Baroque facade, and effigies of the Blessed Sacrament and the Virgin Mary, it’s topped by a triangular pediment. The two bell towers flank a single nave. Windows are decorated with allegories in stained glass, and the wall are bedecked with a number of paintings from the 16th century. A remodeling of the facade added the quarry stones and a clock was dismantled and presumably lost during a later rehabilitation.
The church is the center of religious festivities on September 21 in honor of Saint Matthew. The celebration lasts usually three days, and includes regional dances, dancers, muleteers, and singers A fair is finished each night with fireworks. At the beginning of June in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On June 24th, a smaller celebration still fetes John the Baptist, even today.
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Hidalgo S/N, San Mateo Tlaltenango, Cuajimalpa de Morelos, 05600 CDMX