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.
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