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San Jeronimo Church

Coatepec

Coatepec Parish is dedicated to the Patron Saint of this Pueblo Magico (Magical Town). The most important religious celebration takes place here in the last week of September. If you visit during this time, you will find that Coatepec streets around the Parish are full of colors, with plenty of food stalls and music and dance in practically every corner.

Something noteworthy is that this parish wasn’t built and designed by a famous architect, but by a “simple” bricklayer. He tried to evocate a snake in the arches of the construction, an animal that is emblematic to the city. Coatepec, in fact, takes its name from Nahuatl and means precisely snake hill.

During the celebrations, you will see that whole families are committed to the decoration of the streets. One of the traditions are the tapetes de aserrín ( sawdust carpets) a complex decoration that involves great skill. It takes so much time to create these carpets made of flowers and sawdust and yet, they won’t last much.

After the presentation of the Saint, among the dances and the fireworks, a new activity takes place in the celebration. You will see dozens of fieles carrying heavy flower arches over their shoulders. These arches can be more than 12 meters in height and are used to decorate the San Jeronimo church facade and other temples such as Sagrado Corazon, La Virgen de Guadalupe and El Calvario.

Coatepec Parish is dedicated to the Patron Saint of this Pueblo Magico (Magical Town). The most important religious celebration takes place here in the last week of September. If you visit during this time, you will find that Coatepec streets around the Parish are full of colors, with plenty of food stalls and music and dance in practically every corner.

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Something noteworthy is that this parish wasn’t built and designed by a famous architect, but by a “simple” bricklayer. He tried to evocate a snake in the arches of the construction, an animal that is emblematic to the city. Coatepec, in fact, takes its name from Nahuatl and means precisely snake hill.

During the celebrations, you will see that whole families are committed to the decoration of the streets. One of the traditions are the tapetes de aserrín ( sawdust carpets) a complex decoration that involves great skill. It takes so much time to create these carpets made of flowers and sawdust and yet, they won’t last much.

After the presentation of the Saint, among the dances and the fireworks, a new activity takes place in the celebration. You will see dozens of fieles carrying heavy flower arches over their shoulders. These arches can be more than 12 meters in height and are used to decorate the San Jeronimo church facade and other temples such as Sagrado Corazon, La Virgen de Guadalupe and El Calvario.

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