Templo de San Bernardo

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Dedicated to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Templo de San Bernardo dates to 1680 and was once part of a larger convent complex. Now only the church remains.

Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico

It was originally part of a Cistercian order convent dating back to 1636. The church is a little newer, but only by half a century, dating to 1680. On the church now remains, with the rest having been closed and demolished in the late-19th century, making way for the busy city street now known as 20 de Noviembre.

The church is dedicated to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century French founder of the Cistercian order. He was known as Mellifluous Doctor (of the church) for his eloquence. A statue of him stands in the middle of the neo-classical main altar, standing surrounded by a sea of fresh flowers.

The walls of the nave are lined with an eclectic array of statues and paintings depicting a variety of other saints and religious figures.

Photos of Templo de San Bernardo

Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nave and Altar of Iglesia de San Bernardo (Church of St Bernard), Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nave and Altar of Iglesia de San Bernardo (Church of St Bernard), Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Carved Pulpit of Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Iglesia de San Bernardo, Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

I have more photos of the Templo de San Bernardo here.

Things To Know Before You Go

The church is two blocks south of the Zocalo.

Av. 20 de Noviembre 33, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

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