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Sacromonte National Park

Amecameca

On foot from the Garden of the Lions of Amecameca, it’s possible to access the Sacromonte hill, considered sacred in prehispanic times and turned into Parque Nacional (National Park) in 1939 by then President Lázaro Cárdenas.

The Santuario del Señor del Sacromonte (Sanctuary of the Lord of Sacromonte) is at the top of the hill and was built by Franciscan evangelizers on indigenous-temples rests known as teocallis and amoxcallis.

This was also the place where Fray Martín de Valencia—one of the first evangelizers of Mexico—lived his last days as a hermit. The sanctuary is a complex of chapels, stairways, and other overlapping structures with an adjacent cemetery. Inside there’s a maize-cane-paste made Christ and the urn of the main altar, where you can see the Señor del Sacromonte image.

This natural setting at the foot of Amecameca is full of legends and, on clear days, offers magnificent Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes’ views.
On foot from the Garden of the Lions of Amecameca, it’s possible to access the Sacromonte hill, considered sacred in prehispanic times and turned into Parque Nacional (National Park) in 1939 by then President Lázaro Cárdenas.

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The Santuario del Señor del Sacromonte (Sanctuary of the Lord of Sacromonte) is at the top of the hill and was built by Franciscan evangelizers on indigenous-temples rests known as teocallis and amoxcallis.

This was also the place where Fray Martín de Valencia—one of the first evangelizers of Mexico—lived his last days as a hermit. The sanctuary is a complex of chapels, stairways, and other overlapping structures with an adjacent cemetery. Inside there’s a maize-cane-paste made Christ and the urn of the main altar, where you can see the Señor del Sacromonte image.

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