The construction of this temple, one of the oldest
in Mexico City, began in the middle of the 16th
Century, when a small hermitage was founded by the
Dominican friars in the place where the indigenous
population of Tenanitla used to be, and which later
became the town of San Angel, now immersed within
In 1580, said hermitage became a church and its
functions were separated from the ones of the Temple
of Saint John the Baptist which stood in the near
village of Coyoacan, also founded by the Dominicans.
These friars also installed several systems that
used the waterfalls close to San Angel to activate
the thread-spinning machines.
This church has a large but austere nave, common for
the time, which contrasts with the colorfulness of
the beautiful gardens of its atrium, in which one of
the first stone crosses built in Mexico can be
found, and in which Christian and pagan elements
combine as interpreted by the pre-Hispanic people,
giving us a glimpse of their artistic traditions.