Museo de El Carmen, Mexico City

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El Carmen is a former convent converted to museum in San Ángel, a southern suburb of Mexico City.
The convent was founded on 29 June 1615 by the Discalced Carmelites in the area of the Aztec village of Tenanitla, which was later renamed San Ángel. The founder was Father Andrés de San Miguel. This convent was built between 1615-1626. In the university, there was a college for theology students and a library, which contained more than 12,000 books. In 1858, the college was closed, and the complex was transferred to the local authorities. In 1929, the museum was created, and in 1939, it was transferred to the newly created Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia.
The museum contains a large collection of Mexical colonial religious art including paintings of Miguel Cabrera, as well as original furniture of the monastery, and a collection related to the history of the monastery and relates the life of the Carmelites.
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  • What a great find only a couple of blocks from the Plaza San Jacinto. This old monastery was a welcome respite from the crowds at the Bazar Sabado. The crypt was our draw, and yes, you will see real.....  more »
  • I was among three people while visiting this spot. It was a bit confusing as the first time I walked past the entrance, it was closed so I explored San Angel and on my way back to the metro, I...  more »
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  • Beautiful colonial masterpiece. Make sure you take the guided tour. Such an interesting part of the History of México! Is a very large museum, many chambers and even a crypt with mummified corpses.
  • Wonderful museum in San Angel. The museum is huge and really cheap. There is a wide collection of religious art by mexican artists of colonial times. The crypt is a jewel with amazing frescoes and also well preserved mummies. Attach to the museum is a beautiful church with some astonishing domes.
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