Iglesia de Santa Ines

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — It’s not the most lavish of the many churches in Mexico City’s Centro Historico district, but this church dedicated to Saint Agnes of Rome is one of the more tastefully decorated.

Mary and Child Statue at Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico

It’s not the most lavish of the many churches in Mexico City’s Centro Historico district, but it is one of the more tastefully decorated.

That’s not to say it’s plain–it isn’t. But its color scheme of gold and tan is tastefully restrained and, compared to many other Central American churches, coordinated rather than ostentatiously eclectic. The effect is to focus attention on the altar, where a statue of Madonna and Child is set against a pink curtain and has a halo of star lights.

The church is dedicated to Saint Agnes of Rome, renowned for her chastity and purity, and you can find depictions of her in the church, often holding a lamb.

Photos of Iglesia de Santa Ines

Main Altar Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Paintings at Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Altar Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Candles at Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Carved Wooden Door at Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Statue at Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Ribbons at Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Nave Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
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Carved Wooden Door at Iglesia de Santa Ines, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

What to Know Before You Go

It’s a block behind the National Palace and only two blocks from the Zocalo. I have more photos of Iglesia de Santa Ines here.

David Coleman / Photographer

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