Tepotzotlan – The Viceregal Museum

Tepotzotlan, on the northern outskirts of Mexico City, was once the Jesuit headquarters of spiritual instruction for New Spain. Today, the 18th century church and monastery houses an expansive collection of religious art collected from around the nation in Mexico’s Viceregal Museum.

It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a Magical Town by the Federal Government.

The stone façade as well as the recently restored main altar, incorporated into the museum, are considered by many to be the greatest examples of Churrigueresque (or High Baroque) artwork in Mexico.  The chapels run from stunning to breath-taking. The museum houses a wide array of ivory, corn stalk sculptures, crowned nun paintings and wooden religious art dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The grounds include a lovely garden and orchard often used for weddings and cultural events.

(NOTE: Not to be confused with TEPOZTLAN, near Cuernavaca.)

This visit runs about 3 hours plus travel time (depending on traffic and our starting point, about 1 hour each way),