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Centro Cultural El Refugio (The Refuge Cultural Center)

Tlaquepaque

The downtown of the Pueblo Mágico of Tlaquepaque is characterized by being flanked by numerous old buildings, but there is one that stands out from all: we refer to the Centro Cultural El Refugio (The Refuge Cultural Center), which is located at Calle Donato Guerra 160.

After its imposing arch and door torn by the passage of time, it has 92 rooms dedicated to various artistic expressions, according to the season. There are also eight gardens and la Escuela de Artes y Oficios Angel Carranza (Angel Carranza School of Arts and Crafts) with more than 30 workshops for the population and tourists. As if that weren't enough, it has a movie theater for 193 people.

Before being assigned as a space for the arts, its corridors and rooms served as the town's hospital in 1884. It was conceived by the Martínez Negrete sisters, who bought all the farms on the block to build a charity hospital, which they named El Refugio.

It had a chapel in charge of Father Argüello. After the death of Father Argüello, the hospital was attended by the Josephine nuns. The work as a charity site ended in 1979.

These historical facts are told during the dramatized tour that shows some of the “ghosts” that live inside the old hospital, such as nuns and crying children. Even on the walls you can read the pleas of the parents who were asking for their sick children.
The downtown of the Pueblo Mágico of Tlaquepaque is characterized by being flanked by numerous old buildings, but there is one that stands out from all: we refer to the Centro Cultural El Refugio (The Refuge Cultural Center), which is located at Calle Donato Guerra 160.

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After its imposing arch and door torn by the passage of time, it has 92 rooms dedicated to various artistic expressions, according to the season. There are also eight gardens and la Escuela de Artes y Oficios Angel Carranza (Angel Carranza School of Arts and Crafts) with more than 30 workshops for the population and tourists. As if that weren't enough, it has a movie theater for 193 people.

Before being assigned as a space for the arts, its corridors and rooms served as the town's hospital in 1884. It was conceived by the Martínez Negrete sisters, who bought all the farms on the block to build a charity hospital, which they named El Refugio.

It had a chapel in charge of Father Argüello. After the death of Father Argüello, the hospital was attended by the Josephine nuns. The work as a charity site ended in 1979.

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