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Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco)

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Address: | Atotonilco, Mexico
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This 18th-century church contains an impressive selection of indigenous...

This 18th-century church contains an impressive selection of indigenous artwork.

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Beautiful church

We took a cab ride from San Miguel de Allende for $M150 that took maybe 15 minutes to get to the santuario. It is an extraordinary church... It's know as the Sistine Chapel of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 August 2016
StephanieSalas
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We took a cab ride from San Miguel de Allende for $M150 that took maybe 15 minutes to get to the santuario. It is an extraordinary church... It's know as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico due to its arts. I wished information about the santuario were available right there: a brochure or something. On the way back to Allende we... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

The Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareth in the town of Atotonilco is one of the highlights of religious colonial art in all of Mexico. It was built in XVIII century by the Jesuists. The entire sanctuary is covered by frescoes depicting Jesus Christ life that were used at that time to instruct the local indians in the Christian faith. Due to... More 

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Austin, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

This incredible church was recommended by a kind taxi driver. We loved the opportunity to view it, the gorgeous paintings inside, and the statue of Miguel Hidalgo on the front right side of the church. This church is steeped in history, from the building which occurred in the 1700s and 1800s. In 1810, Miguel Hidalgo is said to have taken... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Nice church with paintings similar to the Sixtine Capelle. Of course far from it, but still worth it. The big problem is that the church is not allways open, so you may have to do several trips. Also not very punctual, they suppose to open at 10AM, but as said before sometimes it is closed, and when they open it,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

This church compound is well worth the trip away from San Miguel. It's a whole different world from the town's bustle & noise. The chapels are themselves elaborately decorated in a folk art murals that are both primitive and beautiful at the same time. The devil is indeed in the details, I lost count of the horned apparition. On a... More 

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Thank Kevin D
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

This chapel outside Sn Miguel de Allende is only 20 minutes away. It is a surprise to find in this little town such a magnificent fresco work. you can see the authentic colours from the natural materials. it was built in the 1740 throughout 1780. The bible for the poors. If you are looking for art. you should really go... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

If you are Catholic or really into history or architecture - then by all means, go. Otherwise you can get your fill of chapels, temples, churches, etc. in Baroque, neo-classical, etc. right in San Miguel de Allende. The little town that sprang up around Atotonilco is fairly bleak. Mostly vendors with canopies along the street selling the same bits of... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

The sanctuary is a wonderful small church just outside San Miguel de Allende on the way to Dolores. The site has been restored and looks really very nice. We took our family so they could see where Mexico's fight for independence began since it is here where Father Miguel Hidalgo takes the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which he... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

Well I'll cut it short, totally worth it if you have a rental car. The temple is gourgeous and well described as World Heritage Site since 2008 by unesco. Beautiful paintings and real feel of another century. the drive to get there from San Miguel De Allende , you will have to follow the directions for Dolores De Hidalgo then... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

Atotonilco is a small town approximately 14 km from the well known San Miguel de allende. The town is famous for it's UNESCO world heritage site church. It is free to enter. The baroque murals tell the story of Mexico's history. There is a very small local market next to the church square and the nuns have a tiny cafe... More 

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