Monastery sights in Mexico City
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The Templo de San Francisco is a remnant of the vast Franciscan monastery erected in the early 16th century over the site of Moctezuma’s private zoo. In its heyday it extended two blocks south and east. The monastic complex was divvied up under the post-independence reform laws; in 1949, it was returned to the Franciscan order in a deplorable state and subsequently restored. The entrance is reached through a broad atrium where art exhibitions are held. The elaborately carved doorway is a shining example of 18th-century baroque.