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The Chapel of Santa Bárbara Tetlanman is a 17th-century chapel, in the Santa Barbara neighborhood of Azcapotzalco. The settlement had been called Tetlanman meaning “the place where the copal stick is burnt,” and so in recent years that name has been added to the neighborhood name as well.

In 1959, the stone on the exterior was pointed and restored. A redecoration of the interior during the same year was rejected by the historical authorities. Later in 1968, a whole new church was built in the considerable atrium. But this was demolished in 1978. Today there is still a modern temple to the north of the chapel, along with some rooms added to the building’s south side.

The chapel building retains it’s quadrangular atrium which is surrounded by the original low wall. The entrance way is marked by a semicircular arch of quarried stone and supporting a stone cross.

The Chapel of Santa Bárbara Tetlanman façade consists of an entranceway formed by an arch with attached pilasters all framed in quarried stone. Above this is a window. The bell tower is crowned with a cupola and cross. The nave is half-round, with an octagonal dome. An arch precedes the altar, where a gilded stone altarpiece two classical columns support a straight open pediment and two niches on the sides.On the altar is an image of Saint Barbara, Virgin and Martyr, flanked by the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Gonzalo de Amaranto. Inside the chapel are also oil paintings of Our Lady of Loreto, however, sadly, two of them were stolen in 2018.

How to get here
Av. Hidalgo #175, Col. Santa Bárbara.

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