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Q: Description of San Angel district, Mexico City ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Description of San Angel district, Mexico City
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: keri-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 08 Sep 2003 21:19 PDT
Expires: 08 Oct 2003 21:19 PDT
Question ID: 253722
Could I please receive a description of the San Angel district of
Mexico City i.e. colour and style of buildings, variety of trees, any
particular features?
Subject: Re: Description of San Angel district, Mexico City
Answered By: digsalot-ga on 09 Sep 2003 16:41 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello there

Coyoacan & San Angel are two neighborhoods which are usually mentioned
together.   San Angel is an area rich in the arts with the Museum and
Studio of Diego Rivera, and artists and artisans gathering in the
Plaza del Carmen and Plaza San Jacinto to display and sell their

So, "color" in its various meanings is a key theme.

In Plaza San Jacinto you will find live entertainers such as mimes and
music from mariachi to marimba.

The architecture of the area could be called "eclectic" in that on its
many cobbled streets you will find both old colonial houses and
expensive modern ones, some in bright, almost dayglo, colors.  The
16th-century Church San Jacinto, is just off the west side of the
plaza and you enter it through a garden.

In San Angel, you will also find the Museo Soumaya, which houses one
of the world's three major collections of French sculptor Auguste
Rodin, plus work by Degas, Matisse, Renoir, Tamayo and others.  The
museum is part of Plaza Loreto, converted from an old paper factory
and a great place to shop and eat.

A map of the area is here:

There are cultural centers such as Casa del Risco, where you will find
a fountain that mixes oriental and Mexican culture in an amazing
Picture here: -

You will also find El Convento de El Carmen - The first stone was laid
on June 29, 1615. The beautiful interior is perfect setting for the
museum of vice regal art which is located there now.
Image: - - From
Fundación Cultural Artensión Artención, A.C.

It was back in 1932 that the government decided that the streets of
San Angel be paved with cobblestones and the historic buildings be
preserved.  Such a decision predated that of many other cities by at
least a couple of decades.  Even the gigantic ancient trees of the
area have been preserved.   It is their gift to us that they did.

One of the best places to relax and enjoy these old trees is the San
Angel Inn, one of Mexico City's best known restaurants. It is in an
old Carmelite monastery complete with flower covered gardens with
their ancient trees and stone fountains.

Among the larger trees in San Angel are cottonwoods, jacarandas which
bloom with lavendar flowers in late winter and various eucalyptus
(lots of eucalyptus).  Norfolk Island Pines (star pines) are there as

A person and place where you might be able to get more detailed
information about the trees of the area is:

Pablo Navarro
Subdirector de Evaluaci6n y Manejo
Instituto Nacional de Ecologia.SEMARNAP
Av. Revoluci6n # 1425
Colonia Tlacopac San Angel
Delegacion Alvaro Obregon
CP. 0 1040 Mexico, D.F.
Tel: +525 6243302
Fax: +525 6243588

And don't forget the Frida Kahlo Museum.  The museum is the house that
Frida was born in. On the outside it doesn't look like much, with a
very unimposing doorway, but once you enter it is incredible.  Some of
the ceilings are 15 - 20 feet high and the patio is filled with trees
and flowers and a collection of pre-Hispanic stone carvings.

If you want color in buildings, this may be just for you:
- by Ermila Carlín


Here is an image of Templo San Jacinto:

A picture of Calle de San Angel with blue and pink colored buildings:

A large house in the neighborhood:

"San Angel, in Delagacion Coyoacan towards the south of Mexico City
(actually, it used to be a village quite some distance from Mexico
City, but is now almost central....) is a breathtakingly beautiful
area. Not a very large colonia, it holds some of the best examples of
colonial architecture in Mexico City. In particular, strolling slowly
in the cobbled streets behind the San Angel Cultural Centre conjures
up images of horses in the streets (many houses still have wonderful
stone rings set into their walls for tethering horses), ladies in
layered dresses peeking out through shuttered windows, and servants
tending pots of geraniums in the window sills. In San Angel you will
find homes dating back 400 years or more, a carved stone cross in a
church courtyard that was made in the 1500s and bears the uniquely
Latin American hallmarks of indigenous and religious icons fused
together." - quote from website "some places of extreme beauty"

The first half dozen photos on this page are of San Angel and you will
see the  jacaranda trees in full bloom" - the same website as above.

I hope this provides somewhat of an introduction to San Angel for you.

Web links are included with the answer.

Search - google

Terms - san angel mexico city, coyoacan & san Angel, colonias mexico
city, mexico city

If I may clarify anything, please ask. 


Request for Answer Clarification by keri-ga on 10 Sep 2003 16:36 PDT
Dear digsalot,  You've given me a great answer, and I really
appreciate the photos.  A picture is worth a thousand words . . .   I
now have an idea of how the area looks.  Are you able to find a photo
of the San Angel Inn, and/or a decription of its interior?  As it is
one of the more important buildings in the area, I wouldn't mind
knowing a bit more about it.  You have provided a photo of a place
called Calle de San Angel.  Is that a particular area of San Angel?

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 10 Sep 2003 18:37 PDT
Hello again

Here is the San Angel Inn, complete with history, a few photos inside
and out, special events and a wonderful menu. - It is their own

The photo of Calle San Angel was taken from a Yahoo group of albums of
Mexico City.  It is identified as a scene from San Angel.  Here is the
list of albums.  If you can't access it, a Yahoo membership might be
required.  San Angel is in the bottom row.

In the meantime, here are a few more photos of the area: - in
this one it looks like the same blue and pink buildings in the above
photo are showing in the middle distance.

Or you may view them all in context and with full descriptions here: - "Mexico
City (I)" - website "Mexperience"
The San Angel photos start just beyond half way down the page.

Wish I were there.

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