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Mary’s Purest Heart (Templo del Purísimo Corazón de María)
Colonia Del Valle / Images of Colonia Del Valle / Other attractions

Neighborhood: Colonia Del Valle
Address: Gabriel Mancera corner Torres Adalid
Metro: Eugenia or Etiopia.
 
 

Mary’s Purest Heart is a Parrish that can hardly go unnoticed by anyone who’s traveling down Gabriel Mancera Street. Built entirely in concrete (common construction material of the 20th Century) its dimensions aim for the sublime.

No one can ignore its monumental presence, but very few know its name. A lot of people think that the great effigy that crowns its cupola is the figure of Christ instead of the Virgin Mary, even more people don’t know its name and just call it: “Our Lady of Transit” as she seems to be contributing, with her open arms to the flow of traffic that comes from the División del Norte, Colonia del Valle and Amores Avenues into the Mariscal Sucre Park.

Few are the churches that, like Mary’s Purest Heart, summarize the history of a district (La del Valle) and a nation (Mexico) during the 20th Century.

In its beginning, it was only a humble chapel with brick walls and a wooden roof. Small, it’s true, but overflowing with life. In December 1923, the archbishop of Mexico, José Mota del Río, blessed the recently finished chapel, and left the chaplain Santiago Dot in charge.

The Claretian fathers took charge of the Parrish from May 1940. Five years later the foundation of the Sanctuary was laid out. One year later, in 1946, the crypt was finished. The final part of the church’s construction was begun in 1947 and finished in 1953. At the beginning of this year the base of the cupola, on which the image of the Virgin’s heart would stand, was built above the arches of the central vault. The original project was meant to be higher than the actual building, according to father Armando Uribe, but the authorities didn’t authorize this as it would be higher than the Monument to the Revolution.

Fantastic stained windows and murals representing various biblical passages can be seen in the interior of this building; a building of extraordinary architecture in which styles like Art Deco, functionalism and a certain gothic touch can be found. Romeo and Juliet, starring the famous actor Leonardo di Caprio, and other films have been filmed in this beautiful place.

This church is located on Gabriel Mancera and Torres Adalid, to one side of the Mariscal Sucre Park.

The temple is open on Sundays.

This place is located in the Del Valle district.

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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