Plaza San Jacinto marks the heart of San Ángel and is a square well-known for its outstanding beauty and bloody history. The square saw the hanging of Irish deserters who, during the Mexican-American war, abandoned the American troupes and sided with the Mexicans: a memorial plaque has been placed in the square listing the Irish soldiers’ names. Nowadays this square is home to the Bazaar Sábado, excellent restaurants and many beautiful and historical buildings.
Museo Casa del Risco is a mansion from the late 17th century and is one of the prettiest houses facing the square. The museum is home to an excellent collection of 17th and 18th century European and colonial Mexican artwork. The house, with the collection of art, was donated by its previous owners, Isidro Fabela and his wife Josephine de Fabela in 1958.
Construction on the monastery began in 1615 and over the years became the place with which the people of San Ángel could identify the most. It has huge gardens, which at its peak contained more than 13,000 fruit-producing trees. The facade and three domes highlight the impressive architectural work, alongside a beautiful bell-tower. Today this stunning temple functions as a museum that was established in 1955, which holds a collection of paintings and statues, as well as the mummies of unidentified people.
The Museo Casa Estudio offers visitors the chance to see the art studio of the famous Mexican artist and muralist, Diego Rivera as well as some of Frida Kahlo’s work. The exhibition sits inside a building designed by Juan O’Gorman, a friend of Rivera’s, which is among the first functional architectural projects in Latin America. Although it is a small museum, there is a beautiful intimacy between painter and visitor which can only be experienced in Rivera’s studio.
The Museo Soumaya Plaza Loreto is the first installment of two Soumaya museums, the second of which is situated in the Polanco area. The Museo Soumaya Plaza is located in a stunning villa-like building from the colonial era which is a sight worth witnessing in itself. The museum, founded in 1994, contains Carlos Slim’s art collection and is dedicated to the protection, investigation and exposition of the displayed works. With four viewing rooms, this museum offers the chance to see prized paintings by celebrated European and Mexican artists.
Nature embraces the Parroquia de San Jacinto, with its picturesque green gardens, leaving behind the noise of the external. Welcomed by a Bougainvillea which leans on another huge tree, the church invites visitors to relax and leave the burdens of life behind in this peaceful haven, which was once inhabited by the Tenanitla. Dating back to the end of the 16th century, the Parroquia de San Jacinto, with its bright blue facade and volcanic rock structure, has a feeling of austerity as well as beautiful harmony with its past and present.