Capilla Abierta

East of Mexico City

Just below the Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asunción, beside the 19th-century Plaza de Toros (bullring), is this capilla abierta (open chapel) with three plain but unique Moorish-style arches. One of the entrances to the grounds is locked, but you can get close (though not enter) the capilla from other gates.

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