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Biblioteca Palafoxiana (Palafoxiana Library)

Puebla

Did you know México has a part of the Memory of the World? That is how UNESCO recognized the Palafoxiana Library of Puebla, for being the oldest in the Americas and for its preservation of furniture and original collections, with about 45,086 books.

Located on 5 Oriente Street, in the middle of Puebla’s Historical Center, the Palafoxiana Library was created to house the personal bibliography collection of Juan de Palafox, who was bishop of the city from 1639 to 1646, the year in which the donation of his literary heritage to tridentine schools become official. For being a library for seminarians, the bishop imposed a condition to make the donation: the doors should be always opened to the ones who knew how to read.

In 1773, the former bishop of Puebla, Francisco Fabián y Fuero, established the 140-feet-long main nave of the Palafoxiana Library so that the population could have access to the Palafox collection, as well as its own; and he built two floors of fine ayacahuite, coloyote and cedar shelving.

The repertory started increasing thanks to different donations from Catholic Authorities and the incorporation of the library of Jesuit colleges. Therefore, the Palafoxiana consists of three collections: books, manuscripts and printed documents, dispersed in 54 subjects, going from canon law to chemistry.

There are also texts in 14 different languages: Spanish, Latin, French, Italian, Náhuatl, Mixteco, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, to name few. Among the books, they stand out: “Los Nueve Libros de la Historia” by Herodoto; “el Libro de las crónicas o Crónica del Mundo” printed by Antón Koberger, illustrated with two thousand engraved figures; “el Vocabulario” by Alonso de Molina, dating from 1571; and “la Doctrina Cristiana” by agustino Fray Juan de la Anunciación, printed by Pedro Balli in 1575.

The Palafoxiana Library allows you to visit its fine shelves and vast collections, through guided tours. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Did you know México has a part of the Memory of the World? That is how UNESCO recognized the Palafoxiana Library of Puebla, for being the oldest in the Americas and for its preservation of furniture and original collections, with about 45,086 books.

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Located on 5 Oriente Street, in the middle of Puebla’s Historical Center, the Palafoxiana Library was created to house the personal bibliography collection of Juan de Palafox, who was bishop of the city from 1639 to 1646, the year in which the donation of his literary heritage to tridentine schools become official. For being a library for seminarians, the bishop imposed a condition to make the donation: the doors should be always opened to the ones who knew how to read.

In 1773, the former bishop of Puebla, Francisco Fabián y Fuero, established the 140-feet-long main nave of the Palafoxiana Library so that the population could have access to the Palafox collection, as well as its own; and he built two floors of fine ayacahuite, coloyote and cedar shelving.

The repertory started increasing thanks to different donations from Catholic Authorities and the incorporation of the library of Jesuit colleges. Therefore, the Palafoxiana consists of three collections: books, manuscripts and printed documents, dispersed in 54 subjects, going from canon law to chemistry.

There are also texts in 14 different languages: Spanish, Latin, French, Italian, Náhuatl, Mixteco, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, to name few. Among the books, they stand out: “Los Nueve Libros de la Historia” by Herodoto; “el Libro de las crónicas o Crónica del Mundo” printed by Antón Koberger, illustrated with two thousand engraved figures; “el Vocabulario” by Alonso de Molina, dating from 1571; and “la Doctrina Cristiana” by agustino Fray Juan de la Anunciación, printed by Pedro Balli in 1575.

The Palafoxiana Library allows you to visit its fine shelves and vast collections, through guided tours. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

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