San Ángel, an old village turned into a fashionable neighbourhood
One of the most fashionable areas will take you back a century. How? Come and you'll see!
Yesterday, a village; today, a neighbourhood.
The best way to see what Mexico was like a century ago without leaving the capital is to go to San Ángel, now another DF neighbourhood but formerly a picturesque village away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Its history began before the arrival of the Spanish, since there was a small village in this place, called Tenanitla. However, it was only in the 17th century that the Spanish turned their attention to this area, mostly to build convents and churches. From that time dates the church of San Jacinto, with its round dome and its beautiful altarpiece inside. Later, in the 18th century, San Ángel became a summer residence area for wealthy families from Mexico City; some of the enormous summer houses that were built then can still be seen today. Among these luxurious residences we could mention the Casa del Mariscal de Castilla, the Casa de los Delfines - a name derived from a large stone fountain with sculpted dolphins - or the Mansión del Risco, currently an exhibition centre for Mexican and European art.