AAA Editor Notes
Church of La Compañia (Iglesia de la Compañia) is a block e. of the Zócalo on Calle 4 Sur. This enormous church, built by Jesuits, features extravagantly detailed exterior stone carvings. Also known as the Church of the Holy Ghost (Templo del Espiritu Santo), it is said to be the final resting place of a local legend, La China Poblana.
Although the story has several interpretations, it is generally agreed that a young girl named Mirrha was born in the early 17th century in India, kidnapped by Portuguese pirates and sold into slavery. She was later adopted by Miguel de Sosa, a well-to-do poblano who had her baptized with the name Catarina. Freed to assume a life of piety and religious devotion, Catarina married a Chinese servant named Domingo Suárez—thus earning her nickname—and was revered for her acts of charity, so much so that her characteristic style of dress became universally known as the china poblana.