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Plaza La Romita

plaza la romita


The Plaza la Romita is the center of a tiny and much-loved neighborhood in the north of Roma Norte. In ancient times it was known as Aztacalco. Some maps will depict it as an island or semi-detached peninsula off the southwest corner of the island of ancient Tenochtitlan. The name means “house of the herons,” and indigenous people continued to inhabit the area throughout the colonial period.

The plaza is of course the former atrium of the Incarnate Word church. But the neighborhood was known as the Potreros de Romita. Presumably horses were grazed in the surrounding pastures. But the Romita name is thought to refer to the tree-lined character of this stretch of the road to Chapultepec. It simply reminded some passersby of avenues in Rome. In 1529, Carlos of Spain awarded the entire property to Hernán Cortés, along with the more distant Chapultepec Forest.

The area is remembered for having been the site of many colonial area executions. Hangings were carried out beneath the branches of those same trees. Perhaps ironically, today it’s even more remembered for having hosted shots in Luis Buñuel’s film, Los olvidados (The Forgotten).

Today it’s a favorite little neighborhood for precisely its long history as an area apart. The Colonia Roma Nte developed mostly in the 20th century. That converted the little town’s pasture land to plots and ever-encroaching city. Today, it’s a small part of the Colonia Roma. Rather adamantly, it’s still apart.

How to get here
  • Cjon. de Romita 24, La Romita, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 CDMX


Casa de Cultura Romita

Nearest at 0.00 kms.

La Romita Chapel

Nearest at 0.03 kms.

Multiforo Alicia

Nearest at 0.22 kms.


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