National Museum of the Viceroyalty

Ex Colegio de San Francisco Javier and Museo Nacional del Virreinato

Built between the 17th and 18th centuries, the Ex Colegio de San Francisco Javier was one of the largest jesuit schools in New Spain. The stone facade of its temple is considered the essence of Mexican churrigueresque. 

The religious complex has housed the National Museum of the Viceroyalty since 1964. This architectural gem has several areas well worth checking out, such as the St. Francis Xavier altarpieces, carved from white cedar and coated in gold, the Virgin of Loreto Shrine, with its vaulted ceiling with polychromatic plasterwork, and the St. Joseph Sanctuary, with floor-to-ceiling baroque decoration, 18th-century paintings, wood-carved floral motifs, stucco reliefs, and polychromatic and estofado figures. 





Museo Nacional del Virreinato, San Martín, Tepotzotlán, Méx., México

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