Church Bell Chimes on Plaza Mariana

El Carrillón

A gem of Mexican architecture that still tells time as its bells chime beautiful melodies. 

Plaza Mariana
Carrillón en el atrio.

Imposing and captivating—this is the Carrillón, the church bell chimes standing on Plaza Mariana. Presiding over the entire La Villa complex, this monument is the creation of architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez. 

The main structure, standing 75 feet high, has a tower rising 125 feet and a wheel with 19 bells that ring out a range of music, from Ave María, hymns, children’s songs by Cri-Cri, and sacred music. 

The top of the monument holds four kinds of clocks. On the front you will find a civil clock and an astronomical clock. The right side holds a sundial, while on the left there is an Aztec clock. The creator meant to show many different ways of measuring time. 

In the center of the structure is a circular depiction of the story of the Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearances to Juan Diego. 




Plaza Mariana, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, Ciudad de México, CDMX, México

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