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Centro Histórico in Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Valley of Mexico (The Central Highlands)
 

The Temple of San Francisco

 
 
The Temple of San Francisco Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
1. The Temple of San Francisco Marker
Inscription.  

Templo de San Francisco
Templo principal del que fuera el primer y mayor convento franciscano de la Ciudad de Mexico. Fue patrocinado por Hernan Cortes en 1524. Llego a ocupar 32,490 metros cuadrados. El convent fue desmembrado y remodelado en varias ocasiones.

El templo, tal como lo vemos hoy proviene de la reedificacion realizada en 1716. Solo se conservan este templo y la capilla Balvanera. Destacan la fachada de estilo churrigueresco, del siglo XVIII y el retablo del Altar Mayor, obra de Jeronimo Antonio Gil, que fue reconstruido en los años cuarente de este siglo.

English translation:
Temple of San Francisco
This was the main temple of what was the first and largest Franciscan convent in Mexico City. It was sponsored by Hernán Cortés in 1524. It came to occupy 32,490 square meters. The convent was broken up and remodeled several times.

The temple, as we see it today, comes from the rebuilding carried out in 1716. Only this temple and the Balvanera Chapel have been conserved. The Churrigueresque style façade of the 18th century and the altarpiece of the Altar
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Mayor, by Jerónimo Antonio Gil, which was rebuilt in the 1940s, stand out.
 
Erected by Sociedad Defensora del Tesoro Artístico de México, A.C. y American Express.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial EraMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1524.
 
Location. 19° 26.035′ N, 99° 8.405′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de México. It is in Centro Histórico. Marker is on Avenida Francisco I. Madero just east of Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de México 06000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Temple of San Francisco (here, next to this marker); Sebastián de Aparicio (a few steps from this marker); House of the Count of the Valley of Orizaba (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jockey Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Expiatory Temple of San Felipe de Jesús (within shouting distance of this marker); Gante Building (within shouting distance of this marker); La Casa de los Azulejos (within shouting distance of this marker); Holy Trinity Methodist Church (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de México.
 
The Temple of San Francisco Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
2. The Temple of San Francisco Marker
The marker is on the left upon entering the temple's atrium from the street.
An interior retablo of the Temple of San Francisco image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
3. An interior retablo of the Temple of San Francisco
The Temple of San Francisco image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
4. The Temple of San Francisco
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Apr. 22, 2024