The city of Tlaxcala brings a new world heritage site to Mexico, with UNESCO recently recognizing the Ex-Convent of San Francisco, a gem of Spanish colonial architecture.
This important designation seeks to protect and conserve one of the most emblematic buildings of the city of Tlaxcala, located about two hours from Mexico City.
“The Ex-Convent of San Francisco is iconic to the city and state of Tlaxcala. It is also included in the Route of Faith, which consists of a cultural and religious walk through the most beautiful temples in the region,” says Elena Minnullina, Director of Tourism Promotion of Tlaxcala.
Minnullina explains that the City of Tlaxcala and UNESCO signed a commitment to safeguarding, protecting, and conserving the Ex-Convent of San Francisco, a fantastic building founded in the 16th century and one of the architectural gems of Colonial Mexico. There are already 15 monasteries in the state of Tlaxcala registered with UNESCO.
This achievement is one of the results of the heritage promotion program in which convents are the strategy’s primary focus. Thanks to this appointment, the City of Tlaxcala will receive the necessary funds to keep this valuable colonial building in perfect condition, which is expected to generate a greater flow of national and international tourists. “We must convey to our community the importance of the heritage where they live and where they will celebrate Mass. They must know it’s one of the world’s most important sites,” added Minnullina.