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“An easy-to-miss but important historic gem!”

Iglesia de San Francisco
Ranked #90 of 509 things to do in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This ornate church is home to a school to educate the native children.
Reviewed 17 September 2016

In the midst of the crowded Madero street, it's easy to miss the entrance of San Francisco unless you were looking for it - but you should look for it because this church is one of the most important churches in Mexico!

Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of St. Francis) was first established by the twelve Franciscans who were sent by Spain as Mexico's first missionary, making this church one of Mexico's earliest churches. In its heyday, San Francisco used to be the largest monastery compound that spanned for many blocks!

Unfortunately much of San Francisco was demolished. Today, not only the front facade was completely covered by nearby buildings, the church today is what was a side chapel in the once-enormous church complex. Nonetheless, you can still witness a glimpse of the church's past glory from the simple grandeur of its scale and the elaborate decoration of the golden altar!

While the church has significantly downsized physically, its historic significance remains. As you explore Centro Historico, make sure you mark this on your map for this important milestone of the Mexican faith!

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tl;dr version:
1) One of Mexico's earliest churches and used to be the grandest
2) Though significantly downsized, still a beautiful impression
3) Recommend as a stop in a Centro Historico trip

Thank Jay Y
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

This little church, the Church of San Francisco, is conveniently located directly opposite the House of Tiles (the subject of separate reviews), so you can duck in and see both.
When we were there, it was a few days before the Day of Dead celebrations, and the entry was decked out in flowers and skeletons accordingly.
Plus, there seemed to be some sort of Church fete or market place within the grounds, again themed around the Day of the Dead. Plenty to see and photograph then

1  Thank seagullrob
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Reviewed 5 March 2015

We were actually just wandering around and found this church. The first thing you notice from the outside is how slanted the church is. Wait until you get inside. Many of the building in Mexico City seem to be tilted due to the sinking soil, but this one takes the prize. Inside the church is quaint and a great place to just sit and reflect, but you'll quickly lose focus as you feel like you are sitting in a fun house that is tilted to the side.

Thank Samndjsdad
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