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“Sixteen Chapel of Mexico” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco)

Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco)
| Atotonilco, Mexico
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Owner description: This 18th-century church contains an impressive selection of indigenous artwork.
White Rock, Canada
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“Sixteen Chapel of Mexico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Well I'll cut it short,
totally worth it if you have a rental car.
The temple is gourgeous and well described as World Heritage Site since 2008 by unesco.
Beautiful paintings and real feel of another century.
the drive to get there from San Miguel De Allende , you will have to follow the directions for Dolores De Hidalgo then take the exit on the left for Atotonilco.
The parking is terrible and the drive thru the city horrible as well...
I greatly suggest to arrive early before the first mass and pass the temple and park on the street.
again do it only if you have a rental car.
No Flash permitted but pictures are welcome

Visited January 2013
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“Beautiful little church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Atotonilco is a small town approximately 14 km from the well known San Miguel de allende. The town is famous for it's UNESCO world heritage site church. It is free to enter. The baroque murals tell the story of Mexico's history. There is a very small local market next to the church square and the nuns have a tiny cafe next to the church. At present it has some renovation going on but it is still worth a trip. You can make a whole day trip to see the countryside by stopping at the hot springs, Atotonilco and finishing with a meal at the Los Senderos Bistro.

Visited June 2012
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Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Myanmar
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“Colourful Paintings Inside Old Church”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Atotonilco Sanctuary, otherwise known as the Sanctuary of Jesus the Nazarene, was built in the early 1700s. Renovation works are ongoing in parts of the church. It is famous as a pilgrim destination, for flagellation practices and hot springs. Most of the grounds are off bounds, as nuns reside there.
The walls and ceilings of the old church are covered in colourful paintings of scenes from the Biblical account of Jesus´ trial and crucifixion.
To the right of the church entrance is a cafeteria and shop run by nuns. Snacks and drinks are served there.
Atotonilco is a quiet, small village with a few shops and street stalls selling food and drinks.
Buses run roughly once an hour from San Miguel de Allende to Atotonilco taking about 30 minutes.

Visited May 2012
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“Fabulous painted church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Atotonilco is a wonderful UNESCO world heritage site. The church is beautifully painted and is free to enter. However, it is most famous for the chapel immediately to the left of the main entrance. You need to ask the lady selling rosaries etc to get the guard to let you in. It is 15 pesos per person and totally worth it. The standard of the frescoes is breathtaking and is unique. If you are in San Miguel, you need to visit this. It is only 10 minutes away from the city itself by car/taxi.

I absolutely recommend visiting it - you will kick yourself if you don't.

Visited February 2012
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