Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco)

Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco)

Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco)
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This 18th-century church contains an impressive selection of indigenous artwork.
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tombillinge
Trumbull, CT1,196 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
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.
Written February 14, 2012
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demian s
Guadalajara, Mexico113 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
The Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareth in the town of Atotonilco is one of the highlights of religious colonial art in all of Mexico. It was built in XVIII century by the Jesuists. The entire sanctuary is covered by frescoes depicting Jesus Christ life that were used at that time to instruct the local indians in the Christian faith. Due to the quality and extent of the frescoes this sactuary is named "the Sixtine Chapel of Mexico" and its not an exaggeration. This sactuary as well as San Miguel de Allende is a World Heritage Site The admission is totally free. Because the church is still running you would be asked to uncover your head in sign of respect and to take photos without flash. When in the sactuary do not miss the opportunity to enter the former house of religious exercises which is also impressive. The admision to this section of the sactuary is only 15 pesos. The town of Atotonilco is 15-20 mins away from San Miguel de Allende by car.
Written October 9, 2015
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k2d2
Atlanta, GA103 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
This church compound is well worth the trip away from San Miguel. It's a whole different world from the town's bustle & noise. The chapels are themselves elaborately decorated in a folk art murals that are both primitive and beautiful at the same time. The devil is indeed in the details, I lost count of the horned apparition. On a week day, you can step out onto a quiet plaza and enjoy the sunshine. I was not there for the weekend market and I expect that it's a lot busier. There is a locked chapel to the left as you arrive. Ask around for admission, (5 pesos?). The murals include a ton of tromp l'oeil decoration and life size dioramas of the crucifixion. I'll concede it's not to everyone's taste, but fascinating and unique in my over 40 years of travel.
Written December 17, 2013
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ETame
Naucalpan, Mexico1,032 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
Nice church with paintings similar to the Sixtine Capelle. Of course far from it, but still worth it. The big problem is that the church is not allways open, so you may have to do several trips. Also not very punctual, they suppose to open at 10AM, but as said before sometimes it is closed, and when they open it, msy be 10:20 or later.
Written June 3, 2014
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sleepingbeautyUSA
USA90 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
If you are Catholic or really into history or architecture - then by all means, go. Otherwise you can get your fill of chapels, temples, churches, etc. in Baroque, neo-classical, etc. right in San Miguel de Allende.
The little town that sprang up around Atotonilco is fairly bleak. Mostly vendors with canopies along the street selling the same bits of religious souvenirs.
If you have a rental car, it is a quick trip. Otherwise you can take the bus for 9 pesos (each way) and get all the "experience" you need in about an hour, or less. Busses leave about 20 minutes after the hour - every hour (except on Thursday) from Calzada de le Luz and very near Loreto.
There is a tiny cafe - Lupita (something) right where the bus drops you off in Atotonilco. The taquito (not the fried crap from the USA, but the actual small taco) with a variety of filling choices - the pollo is great. The chicken is cooked in a salsa verde with jalapenos. Yum. The tamales are average - good flavor, but a little dry,

I spent less than an hour there, took almost 50 pictures (inside and out), walked the town and had time to eat - before catching the return bus - which leaves at 10 minutes past the hour, every hour.

I was told that it is much busier on weekends - something to consider.
Written July 4, 2013
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voyager52
Newport Beach, CA502 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
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.
Written June 29, 2012
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Hunt4Paul
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Myanmar100 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
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.
Written May 23, 2012
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Pecesito1975
Celaya, Mexico4 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
As far as I knew the church had a restoration underway last time and I washing town. But my surprise was that it was open to the public. It costs only 15 pesos for you to get access to a special part of that church. Amazing experience to see all the paintings restored.
Written July 14, 2019
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Juan M
San Luis Potosi, Mexico40 contributions
Jan 2018
This place is worth visiting because of all the history that surrounds its origins, but if you expect something extraordinary you will be disapointed
Written March 5, 2018
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StephanieSalas
Houston, TX132 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
We took a cab ride from San Miguel de Allende for $M150 that took maybe 15 minutes to get to the santuario. It is an extraordinary church... It's know as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico due to its arts. I wished information about the santuario were available right there: a brochure or something. On the way back to Allende we took the bus for $M15. It's no very easy to find a cab in Atotonilco and we didn't want ours to wait for us but you could do that.
Written August 24, 2016
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