Iglesia de San Francisco

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One of the greatest losses of Mexico City's cultural inheritance is related to the convent of San Francisco. The expansion of the city center, along with the Latin-American Tower construction project, had the dire effect of leaving only a small part of the cloister and church intact. The House of Beasts, or rather, Emperor Montezuma's zoological collection, originally occupied this land. After the Spanish conquest, Hernán Cortes gave it to the Franciscans (the first order to establish itself in what was then called New Spain), who built a 32,490 square meter convent, the biggest in America. Part of the installation included the school of Artes y Oficios (Skills and Trades) of San Jose de los Naturales, which aimed to educate indigenous children.

Location:  7 Madero, Colonia Centro

Business hours:  Mo-Sa 7:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Mo-Sa 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Su 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.