Ex-Convento de Churubusco

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Ex-Convento de Churubusco information

Mexico City , Mexico
Address
Street 20 de Agosto s/n
Extras Colonia San Diego Churubusco
Telephone
+52 55 5604 0699
Getting there
metro General Anaya
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Lonely Planet review

This was the scene of a historic military defeat, on August 20, 1847. Mexican troops defended the former convent against US forces advancing from Veracruz in a dispute over the US annexation of Texas. The US invasion was but one example in a long history of foreign intervention in Mexico, as compellingly demonstrated in Churubusco's Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones .

The Mexicans fought off US forces until they ran out of ammunition and were beaten only after hand-to-hand fighting. Displays in the museum include an American map showing operations in 1847 and the plot by US ambassador Henry Lane Wilson to bring down the Madero government in 1913. Explanatory text is in Spanish.

The superbly restored exhibit rooms, bordered by original frescoes, surround a small cloister where numbered stations provided instructions for meditating monks. Leaving the museum, wander amid the monastery’s old orchard, which now holds wonderful gardens.

The 17th-century former monastery stands within peaceful wooded grounds, 1.5km east of Plaza Hidalgo. To reach Churubusco from Coyoacán, catch an eastbound ‘Metro General Anaya’ bus from Carrillo Puerto, off Plaza Hidalgo. Otherwise, walk 500m west from the General Anaya metro station.