|Object Name:||Cloister of the Monastery of Santiago Tlatelolco|
|Location:||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Image source:||© Dr. Manuel Aguilar|
|Here was located the first school of higher education for Indians, the school of Santa Cruz of Tlatelolco. |
MONASTERY OF SANTIAGO (Franciscan)
Between 1535 and 1545 a modest church and a monastery were built. It is said that the first church was decorated with a giant mural depicting Cortes being saved by Santiago on his white horse, but nothing remains of that painting (Perry 1992). In 1610, Fray Juan de Torquemada constructed a magnificent new church with a purists Renaissance facade. In its interior was built a beautiful great altarpiece that featured paintings by Baltasar de Echave Orio and a central relief of Santiago carved in wood by Indian artisans.