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Cortés Palace

Cuernavaca

Your visit to Cuernavaca won't be complete unless you stop at the Plaza de Armas to breathe its festive atmosphere and colonial charm. There, the most notable building is the Palacio de Cortés, built by the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés in 1526, imitating the style of the Alcázar de Colón de Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. It’s one of the oldest buildings in the country in New Spain style. In this place, Cortés settled his residence after living for a period in Mexico City.

Over time, the building performed various functions. In addition to being the place where the conqueror lived with his wife Juana Zúñiga, the building was the official seat of the Marquesado del Valle de Oaxaca. The palace has been a prison; the seat of the provisional Government of the Republic, the official office of Archduke Maximiliano I, and was also the place where the state government of Morelos was established after the restoration of the Republic.

At present, the building houses the Museo de Antropología de Cuernavaca (Cuernavaca Museum of Anthropology), Museo Regional Cuauhnáhuac (Cuauhnáhuac Regional Museum), which preserves a collection of pieces that go through the development of the state since the Pleistocene and deepen the life and customs of the civilizations that inhabited the area.

In addition to visiting the two-floors museum exhibition rooms and admire the terrace views, you have to devote a good time to the murals painted at the upper floor by Diego Rivera between 1929 and 1930—eight frescoes bearing the title “Historia de Morelos, Conquista y Revolución” which were funded by the American ambassador Dwight D. Morrow.
Your visit to Cuernavaca won't be complete unless you stop at the Plaza de Armas to breathe its festive atmosphere and colonial charm. There, the most notable building is the Palacio de Cortés, built by the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés in 1526, imitating the style of the Alcázar de Colón de Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. It’s one of the oldest buildings in the country in New Spain style. In this place, Cortés settled his residence after living for a period in Mexico City.

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Over time, the building performed various functions. In addition to being the place where the conqueror lived with his wife Juana Zúñiga, the building was the official seat of the Marquesado del Valle de Oaxaca. The palace has been a prison; the seat of the provisional Government of the Republic, the official office of Archduke Maximiliano I, and was also the place where the state government of Morelos was established after the restoration of the Republic.

At present, the building houses the Museo de Antropología de Cuernavaca (Cuernavaca Museum of Anthropology), Museo Regional Cuauhnáhuac (Cuauhnáhuac Regional Museum), which preserves a collection of pieces that go through the development of the state since the Pleistocene and deepen the life and customs of the civilizations that inhabited the area.

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