Templo de la Enseñanza

It might be small, but the Templo de la Enseñanza packs in an incredibly ornate Mexican Baroque interior.
Templo de la Ensenanza Main Altar and Nave
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Built in the 1770s, the Templo de la Enseñanza is a small church a block behind the Catedral Metropolitana. Sometimes known as La Enseñanza Church, it’s name translates as “The Teaching Church,” a nod to its original role as a church attached to a teaching convent. The convent has long since gone.

It’s easy to miss from the outside. It’s front is very narrow, jammed in between two other buildings. And its facade is sloping backwards, a symptom of the foundations sinking that’s typical in downtown Mexico City. The facade we can see today isn’t the original–it was rebuilt in 1912.

Inside, it features incredibly ornate decorations, amping up even the normally ornate Baroque style to ultra-Baroque. Nine altarpieces line the sides of the nave. The large main altar features a series of statues of saints.

The only real space in the church stretches up above the main altar. High above, the domed ceiling features a highly-regarded fresco depicting the Virgin of El Pilar (the formal name of the church is Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar).

Photos of Templo de la Enseñanza in Mexico City

Entrance to Templo de la Ensenanza
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Facade of Templo de la Ensenanza
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Templo de la Ensenanza Altarpiece
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com

What to Know Before You Go

It’s easy to miss from the outside. But it’s also easy to find–it’s a block behind the Catedral Metropolitana.


Where to Next?

Travel Advice for Mexico

You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for Mexico (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.

The British and Australian governments offer their own country-specific travel information. You can find the British Government's travel advice for Mexico here and the Australian Government's here.

Health & Vaccinations

The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for Mexico here.

Guidebooks for Mexico

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Lonely Planet Mexico 16 (Country Guide)
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