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“Sinking Lovely Church!”

Iglesia de San Francisco
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Ranked #103 of 544 things to do in Mexico City
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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 February 7, 2018

First thing I noticed when I saw Iglesia de San Francisco was that it was slanted. Traveling around Europe this is pretty typical for older buildings. You can find interesting historical facts on this church online. Apparently there have been a few other churches built at this location but due to the soil they were rapidly sinking and had to be torn down. I feel there will be a fourth church in the future. According to Wiki, at one point this church was one of the more famous monasteries in all of Mexico City. Different topic, this church is beautiful both internally and externally and is worth a visit. It is on the pedestrian plaza near the tile building.

Thank BZimm08
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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

These church was very beautiful outside and inside specially because it has a lot of images that are Jesus Christ images, we spend about 20 minutes here because they didn’t have a mass but we took good pictures and it was really quiet and enjoyable.

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

This church has a number of interesting features, like the entrance, Main doorway, Oratory, the layout of the church and a lot of other features. Recommended

Thank Pierre B
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Reviewed February 15, 2017

Almost hidden in front of the house of tiles, it is worth exploring to have 5 minutes of relax from the bustling city scene nearby and also because it is (part of) one of the oldest Churches in the city. Easy to miss, make sure you mark it on your map.

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Reviewed September 17, 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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