Drive just 15-minutes outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and you come to a remarkable Jesuit sanctuary.

If you love history, architecture and culture, visiting this is one of the most interesting things to do in Mexico.

It’s the Sanctuary of Atotonilco (El Santuario de Atotonilco), dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico.”

The Sanctuary of Atotonilco, Mexico

The church, is dedicated to the life of Jesus, is also known as the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco. It has six attached chapels.



A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The instigation of Roberto and his partner, the World Monuments Fund added the sanctuary to its list of “100 Most Endangered Monuments. Images are still being authentically restored.


A place of worship and pilgrimage

The Church of Atotonilco is popular with visiting pilgrims during Holy Week, when adherents engage in fasting, prayer as part of their devout practices.


Where is the Sistine Chapel of Mexico located?

It is located in the small rural community of Atotonilco, some 8½ miles outside the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende.

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