Church of San Juan Bautista

The interiors of churches is usually dark, and a challenge to photography. The San Juan Bautista Church (map no.39) in the centre of Coyoacan is particularly challenging. Darker than average along most of the structure, but with a well lit dome at the far end. A worthy subject to test my Olympus Pen on!

There’s plenty of fabulously ornate and decorated churches and cathedrals in Mexico City to choose from. This one is perhaps a little more worthy of a visit from a rushed tourist than most, purely because of its location in the very bohemian Coyoacan, not far from Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul and the Trotsky museum.

I took a few photos of the exterior here – click here for the set. You might notice that the tower appears to have been painted in the last couple of years, but not the main body of the church.

That’s exactly what happened. I came across an old photo of the church a while back though. A really old photo. Which showed that half painting it is something of a tradition. Except last time it the main body of the church given a lick of paint and the tower left bare. This is Mexico…

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