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Santa Catarina Church & Plaza, La Lagunilla

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One of the first Christian constructions on the limits between Cuepopan and Atzacoalco after the Spanish conquest. It was first a hermitage built by the brotherhood of Santa Catarina virgin and martyr in 1536. The current temple dates from 1740 and was one of the most populous parishes in the area. The proximity to the Tobacco Factory made the plaza bordering the parish a food market. In the interior of its beautiful nave survives an altar to Santa Maria Egipciaca, a chapel dedicated to the Precious Blood with several funerary monuments of the XIX century and conserves as pulpit a university chair carved in the 18th century. In the main door is a niche with a 17th-century sculpture of the martyr showing the cartwheel, the sword, and the head of Emperor Magentius at his feet. This building originated the legend of "the rosary of the souls", it is one of the emblematic sites of the neighborhood of La Lagunilla.

Heart of México Walking Route: Santo Domingo - Santa Catarina

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Proyecto “Corredor de Cultura Digital”.

Nombre de la investigación: Investigación Centro Histórico, Monumentos, Edificios y Puntos de Interés (2023)

Dirección de investigación y diseño de Rutas: Acércate al Centro A.C. Guadalupe Gómez Collada

Coordinación e investigación histórica: Fideicomiso del Centro histórico Dir. Maestra Loredana Montes

How to get here


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