Mexico City Street Art: La Romita
UPDATE: Since writing this post the artist of the featured photo and the photo used for posting this blog post on Pinterest has contacted me! So cool! Anyways the name of the wall in the featured photo is the Mural Charromita and it was painted by Felipe Reissenweber Menéndez. If you would like to see more of Felipe’s art please visit his Facebook Page here.
I’m so excited to say that I am back in Mexico City spending time with my boyfriend, Arturo, and his family again. Last week Arturo took me to explore La Romita. It’s a very small neighbourhood quietly nestled inside La Roma – a larger and super hip area located in Mexico City. I asked him to take me there because it is known for its street art. I absolutely love exploring and finding places full of urban art. Did you know that some anthropologists spend their entire careers studying street art and graffiti? So cool! I might need to find a job like that.
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History of La Romita
Anyways when I went to La Romita I wanted to know a little about the neighbourhood’s history. Lucky for me one of the installations of urban art explained the neighbourhood’s history really well. However part of the story was hidden behind a car parked right in front of the mural. I ended up finding the beautiful mural pictured below (without any blockage) on Andrea Méndez’ Instagram page.
In English, the mural reads, “Romita My Love; This site used to be a neighbourhood of Tenochtitlán called Atzacoalco (place of herons), Colonia Roma was founded in 1902. Afterwards it became known as Santa María Aztacoalco. It was near the old Chapultepec path on an islet surrounded by canals. Its big trees and the road that was built along with the chapel brought back to mind a place in Rome, Italy, according to town hall’s documents, so it was called “Romita”. In the novel, “Las Batallas en El Desierto” by José Emilio Pacheco it reads: “Romita was a town set apart. Here the man of the sack lurks, the great “robachicos” (kidnapper) […] By day he’s a beggar, by night a millionaire thanks to the exploitation of his victims.”
In 1944 the church of La Romita was declared a monument and the area named a characteristic place, and in 1980 both became recognized as cultural monuments of Mexico City.
Also in this place, one of the greatest cinematographic works shot in Mexico was filmed: “Los Olvidados” by Luis Buñuel. Fall in love with Romita!!”
Perhaps it was just the day we decided to visit but it was surprisingly quiet and calm for being located right in the city. We spent the day wandering around, taking photos, appreciating the art and stopping by a little book shop called Wiser Books. Another thing I have an undying love for is little book shops. My wallet doesn’t like them so much though, as I always leave with a purchase. What can I say? Aside from traveling, books are my main weakness. Anyway Wiser Books is such a wonderful book shop. Most of the books are of course written in Spanish but there was a small English section too. The shop is small but has a cozy and charming atmosphere. I’m a huge lover of quotes and there was a quote that I absolutely fell in love with painted in Wiser Books that is pictured below. Once again I could not leave empty handed and ended up buying ‘A Dozen Sonnets for Different Lovers’ by Tanya Huntington along with a few gifts.
Don’t Miss Out on La Romita
If you are heading to Mexico City and you love street art definitely do not miss out on La Romita. Below are some more photos of our time in this beautiful neighbourhood. To see more please also check out my Instagram page. Happy adventuring!
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