Templo de San Francisco
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Templo de San Francisco information
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. The monastic complex was divvied up under post-independence reform laws, and in 1949 it was returned to the Franciscan order in a deplorable state and subsequently restored.
The elaborately carved doorway is a shining example of 18th-century baroque. Open-air art exhibitions are held in an adjoining atrium. In its heyday the complex extended two blocks south and east.