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Sorrowful Mystery #5

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery depicts the Crucifixion of Christ. Seemingly understated considering the vastness of the subject, here it’s but one of 15 Mysteries of the Rosary. This Monument was erected in 1997-1999 to replace one of the seven original monuments lost in the late 19th century.

The eight remaining original monuments date from the late 17th century. These are splendid Baroque works, steles of a type, proposed and designed by the architect Cristóbal de Medina Vargas. The series of monuments line the ancient walk today known as the Calzada de los Misterios. It’s an ancient route that once led to an important temple dedicated to the goddess Tonantzin Coatlaxopeuh. Smaller shrines, resting areas, and market stands have always lined the route.

The ancient tradition later grew into the Cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe. During colonial times, the Marion following expanded into an enormous cultural phenomenon and the pilgrimages continue to this day. Ultimately, the route leads to the Basilica de Guadalupe. But today the faithful and the merely curious cross a neighborhood that grew heavily industrialized in the 20th century. The route crosses charming streets still named for the old industrial firms of the past.

This Fifth Sorrowful Mystery stands just to the north of the Calle Victoria. This important cross street bears the name of the Victoria Brewery and thus, for the beer still widely enjoyed across Mexico City. But dozens of residential streets branch out from here and make it one of the best neighborhoods for walks and learning.

How to get here
  • Calzada de los Misterios, esq Victoria, Col. Industrial, Alc Gustavo A. Madero, 07800 CDMX


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