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The Casa del Obispo de Madrid is a famous and historic house. Today it’s mostly of interest as a craft and artisan shop, although the retail aspect also offers visitors the chance to come in and have a look around. It was never home to a Bishop from or associated with the Dioscese of Madrid.
The building replaced an earlier adobe structure on the site which dated from 1631. By 1707, it had been owned for some time by the Dominicans. They sold it to a master apothecary named Antonio Fernández Méndez. It was later auctioned and purchased by the Canon of the Cathedral of Mexico, one Andrés Fernández de Madrid. It most likely acquired its name from that owner, although he later left it to his nephew, Don Manuel Fernández de Madrid. In 1728, the home was rented to the Vicar of San Jacinto, the Fray José de Araiza.
Like much of the area, the building is a treasure and has been recognized as a monument since 1932. But guests will enjoy the Galería de Arte Popular Mexicano. Although it’s hardly the only shop in San Ángel selling artisan goods and high quality arts and crafts, it is one of the best curated.