The Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen is also known as “La Capilla de la Quinta”, is located on the famous Fifth Avenue in the city of Playa del Carmen. With its characteristic white facade, it has been characterized by being a few steps from the Caribbean Sea and by its minimalist interior design.
Not many know its history, its construction was in 1960 at the initiative of families who arrived in the area and founded what is now Solidaridad, organized themselves and together they donated a piece of land near the now Parque Fundadores and decided that the fund would be the view of the blue sea.
They themselves, in the company of hired workers, built the chapel, where they sought to have a space to venerate the Virgen del Carmen, who is the patron saint of fishermen, a fundamental activity for the economy of the area.
When Playa del Carmen began its tourist activity in 1993, it stopped being a city of passage to Cozumel, the growth of the area began and Fifth Avenue was created, which transformed the space into something touristy.
In 2008 the chapel had a remodeling inspired by a Franciscan style of the first Catholic constructions and a bell tower with three niches in the upper part to place bells was built separately from the chapel and to crown the building across was placed above the niche central.
The old atrium was also remodeled and expanded to be able to build a separate vault from the original building, to leave as a background the beautiful view of the sea that currently characterizes the Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
Currently, the chapel is open to the public, under strict sanitary measures derived from the COVID-19 pandemic imposed by instructions from the Health authorities and the Catholic Church.