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Templo de San Hip贸lito - Other Activity Mexico City - Mexico

Founded in 1521, the Templo de San Hip贸lito was supposedly erected on the site where Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado saved his neck by leaping across a canal during the "noche triste" (sad night) of June 30, 1520. That is when the Aztecs, revolting after a massacre by the Spanish, chased the retreating Spanish conquistador Hern谩n Cort茅s (1485 - 1547) and his men out of the city along the Tacuba causeway.

Today, this busy Catholic church is the kind of place where the penitent still advance to the altar on their knees, along lengthy aisles with pews full of people. Most visitors want to see what they consider to be a miraculous image of San Judas Tadeo (St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of lost causes and hopeless situations).

Outside the church, the atmosphere is a bit carnivalesque, with hawkers selling all sorts of religious goods, including pellet-sized plastic figurines of San Judas Tadeo and life-sized plastic or ceramic statues of San Judas Tadeo. You can also buy scratch-off lottery tickets here. Every month on the 28th, a special mass for San Judas Tadeo is held, and barricades are erected around the church so as to manage the movement of thousands of visitors who want to proceed through the church carrying their San Judas Tadeo statues while wearing their San Judas Tadeo T-shirts. The church was redone in 1577 to attach a mental hospital that is thought to be the first in the Americas.

Calle de Zarco and Puente de Alvarado
Mexico City, Mexico

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Getting There
The nearest metro station is Hidalgo. The church is near the northwest corner of the crossroads of Puente de Alvarado and Paseo de la Reforma.

Price Description: free

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:7 a.m. 鈥 10 p.m. daily. Open 6 a.m. 鈥 10 p.m. every 28th of the month.

Travel Skills: None

Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Templo de San Fernando, Pante贸n de San Fernando, Museo Mural Diego Rivera, Museo Franz Mayer, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Iglesia de la Santa Veracruz, Iglesia de San Juan de Dios, Alameda Central

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 06010
Phone: (52) (55) 5521-3889 or (52) (55) 5510-4796

Here are other activities in and around Mexico City that may be of interest: Templo de San Fernando (San Fernando church), Tren Esc茅nico, Museo Pant茅on de San Fernando (San Fernando cemetery museum), Plaza M茅xico, Puente de Alvarado, Monument to the Ni帽os H茅roes, Paseo de la Reforma, Bullfighting at Plaza Mexico, Plaza Loreto and Plaza de Santo Domingo.

02 Oct 2009

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