As one of the most elaborate chapels in Mexico and the first to be dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, the Rosary Chapel is a feature on many combined Puebla and Cholula city tours, including those which depart from Mexico City. Choose between shared and private options depending on your budget or take a religion-themed tour instead—these typically include visits to Puebla Cathedral too.
In the chapel, take time to admire the onyx detailing, angel sculptures, and the central altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary, all of which are usually bathed in natural light.
Things to Know Before You Go
Even non-religious visitors will be able to appreciate the magnificent artistry of the Rosary Chapel.
There’s no dress code but it’s best to cover your shoulders and knees before entering the Rosary Chapel.
There’s no fee to visit the Rosary Chapel.
The Rosary Chapel, like the Santo Domingo Church, is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Rosary Chapel is situated within the Santo Domingo Church complex in the historic center of Puebla. Most visitors find it easiest to arrive on foot as the chapel is just three blocks from the zócalo (main square) and nearby parking is limited. Many city tours, some of which depart from Mexico City, also visit the Rosary Chapel.
When to Get There
The Rosary Chapel is typically open daily from the mid-morning until the early evening, although it closes for a period in the mid-afternoon. Opening hours on Monday are more limited than other days and access is not permitted for visitors during mass and special services. Stop by midweek to avoid the larger weekend crowds.
Generally considered one of the finest examples of Mexican baroque—sometimes known as New Spanish baroque—the Rosary Chapel is a must for architecture fans. Look out for classic baroque characteristics such as heavy ornamentation featuring gilded relief moldings, life-sized statues, and elaborate tilework. Pay special attention to the inclusion of indigenous influence too.