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A Huge Mask Collection in an Abandoned Convent

When the 16th-century convent of San Francisco was being restored in the 1980s and ’90s, the Mexican surrealist artist Rafael Coronel, brother-in-law of Diego Rivera, decided to donate his extensive mask collection to be displayed as a part of a museum. It is considered the largest mask collection in Mexico, and it is possible to visit them all.

The visit starts at the old church. The remains of the convent form a surreal labyrinth of gardens, dotted with some of Coronel’s sculptures. Weaving through these magical ruins feels like traveling through one of his paintings. Eventually, you reach the main building, where the incredible mask collection is found.

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