Metro El Rosario is the terminal station for both lines 6 and 7 of the Mexico City Metro. The station is named for the enormous El Rosario Housing Unit, which was in turn named for the similar hacienda that occupied much of this corner of the city since the colonial period.
- In the 16th century, the Jesuits held an enormous section of Azcapotzalco. They built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary. When they were expelled from all of New Spain in 1767, wealthy mining interests acquired some of these properties. Among them was one Pedro Romero de Terreros, the first Count Marqués de San Cristóbal y San Francisco, who took over the El Rosario hacienda and converted it to a ranch. His former palace is a monument in the City Center. Only much later it was subdivided into the housing complex which was initially begun in 1972. Construction continued for 30 years. It’s still the largest residential development in Mexico.
The station logo is a rosary. It is the only surface station on both lines 6 and 7 and offers the shortest transfer between trains in the entire Metro. Rosario is also one of the biggest maintenance stations in the Metro system. New trains arrive here and they’re tested here.
The Metro El Rosario station, because it’s a terminal station, is also a transfer spot to a lot of other bus lines, as well as to the Metrobus system which also has a station here (on Metrobus line 6).
Metro El Rosario also has a complete shopping center, it’s convenient to the FARO Azcapotzalco, and to points of interest in the Parque Tezozómoc, among them, the Museo de Azcapotzalco.