Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Best Baroque Church in Mexico City

Mexico City's most magical baroque church is often overlooked. La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, popularly known as La Enseánza (derived from its former name El Convento de la Enseñanza La Antigua, The Old Convent of the Teaching), is located at Calle Doncelles 104, not far from the ruins of the Aztec's Templo Mayor. Begun in 1737 and finished in 1778, it was originally connected to a convent dedicated to educating young girls from wealthy families.

One of the smaller churches in the Centro, it's interior is an explosion of gilded baroque curves, squiggles and arabesques. The main altar is flanked by 8 side altars, turning the small space into a giant Faberge egg. It is rarely crowded, making it my number once choice for a moment of rest and reflection during a visit to the hectic Centro Histórico.


Monday, February 6, 2017

On the Road Again

I've had a lot of distractions from blogging about Mexico City these days. I spent all of December abroad, mostly in Bangladesh, and now I'm back in India for a month. I have been invited by the American Embassy School in New Delhi to teach art to their students for the next two weeks, and will travel after that.

Today was the first day of classes--so far, so good. I have renewed respect for teachers everywhere after the experience. I am teaching the printmaking techniques I developed during my years in San Miguel de Allende--but in a speeded up version, as classes only last 45 minutes. It's a whirlwind.

So to those readers who have asked why I'm not blogging more, here's the answer. When I return home I plan to work on an update of my Mexico City guidebook so I expect to be more active on this blog.

Saludos, Jim J.