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San José El Altillo Parish
Attractions of Mexico City

Address: Universidad Avenue on the corner with Francisco Sosa
Area:
Coyoacan
Metro: Miguel Angel de Quevedo

Modernity and tradition harmonically linked throughout meadows and squares, glass and earth, steel and wood; forming a perfect connection at the entrance of the Coyoacán neighbourhood.

The San José El Altillo Parish is located on the lands of the old 'El Altillo' Hacienda, a few steps away from the Temple of Panzacola, on Universidad avenue. The main house of the Hacienda still exists and is part of a monastery; its grounds are constantly being used to host special events. In contrast with the solidity of this building stands the modern chapel designed by architect Enrique de la Mora in colaboration with Félix Candela. The chapel, one of the most outstanding works of mexican religious architecture of the 20th Century, consists of a hyperbolic paraboloid which extends over a large grass-covered esplanade. The interior space of the chapel is practically dematerialized with only stained glass to create an atmosphere of great spirituality and mysticism, which is enhanced by the furniture's simplicity. In front of the chapel there's a large white wall engraved with quotes from the Bible. 

Apart from the aforementioned spaces, this spiritual centre also has a library and various rooms for complementary religious activities.

After visiting Coyoacán, you might find that a visit to this chapel is an excellent complement to the tour, after which one can also visit the neighbouring Panzacola Chapel and then follow Francisco Sosa street to get to the Conchita Chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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