Frida Kahlo is such an awesome character. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have already noticed that we’re a bit obsessed with her colorful portraits! We also love Coyoacan, the neighborhood where she grew up.
Coyoacan is where you can find the famous Frida Kahlo Museum aka La casa Azul.
The word Coyoacán comes from the Nahuatl “Coyohuacan” that means “place of coyotes”. It’s rich in history, art and beautiful architecture. If you get to visit it someday, you will find bright colored homes, papel picado in the streets, art galleries and mercaditos where you can buy handmade dolls, jewelry, pottery and other neat knick knacks.
Since Frida Kahlo was born on July 6 of 1907, we decided to use it as an excuse to celebrate her with a post. We didn’t want to write about La Casa Azul, since you already can find tons of images about the museum online.
Instead, I took my camera and walked through some of the streets that are near the Casa Azul.
Something I learned from a current exhibit about Coyoacan history, it’s that thanks to its beauty, Coyoacan was were the first council of La Nueva España was established after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City). Franciscans and Dominicans were responsible for evangelizing the place and for that reason, beautiful baroque temples and shrines were built around the area.
I took some pictures of the place, so you can feel the vibe of the neighborhood. I looked for the oldest buildings, the ones that were there just when Frida Kahlo lived. I thought it was cool to see what she saw, and it was beautiful.
Here more about Coyoacan and some local art galleries and museums: Coyoacan, a colorful spot in Mexico City.
Some DIY projects inspired by Frida Kahlo:
- Make a Frida Kahlo pumpkin this Halloween
- How to Make an Ofrenda for Frida Kahlo for the Day of the Dead
- How to Make a Frida Kahlo Nicho
- Frida Kahlo Decoupaged Earrings