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Casa de los Azulejos (House of Tiles)

Villahermosa

Officially its name is Museo de la Historia de Tabasco (Museum of the History of Tabasco), but everyone knows it as Casa de los Azulejos. The property’s history dates from the 19th century, specifically in 1889 when construction began by order of José María Graham, a merchant from Tabasco who wanted to have the most elegant mansion in the center, precisely in the today known as Zona Luz.

The Casa de los Azulejos is classified as an architectural monument due to its facade decoration based on tile pieces, many of them of Catalan invoice. In it, interesting ornamental combinations are discovered in wrought iron frames, windows and railings with details that resemble fine calligraphy.

In the upper part, stand out the sculptures arranged as a finish such as that of the Roman god Mercury and five other human sculptures; the frieze that runs on the mezzanine is also notable, which shows tiles with a female face in profile, personifying the famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Inside, the building preserves a patio that combines architectural details of Gothic and Moorish influence, an aspect that defines as eclectic the building’s general style. Another vestige is the “Manuel Ponz y Adrill” pharmacy, the first in Villahermosa, located at the building’s southwest corner where the museum's library currently operates.

After a series of rescue works, it was prepared to make way for the Museum of History of Tabasco, inaugurated on December 8, 1985. It houses a 400 pieces collection that includes trunks, paintings, altarpieces, weapons, photographs, household objects, engravings, coins and decorations, as well as prehispanic and ancient Mexico articles.

The document that testifies that in 1525 Hernán Cortés ordered the hanging of the Aztec nobles Cuauhtémoc and the Lord of Tacuba, in a place between the Tabasco municipality of Balancán and Petén, highlights.
Officially its name is Museo de la Historia de Tabasco (Museum of the History of Tabasco), but everyone knows it as Casa de los Azulejos. The property’s history dates from the 19th century, specifically in 1889 when construction began by order of José María Graham, a merchant from Tabasco who wanted to have the most elegant mansion in the center, precisely in the today known as Zona Luz.

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The Casa de los Azulejos is classified as an architectural monument due to its facade decoration based on tile pieces, many of them of Catalan invoice. In it, interesting ornamental combinations are discovered in wrought iron frames, windows and railings with details that resemble fine calligraphy.

In the upper part, stand out the sculptures arranged as a finish such as that of the Roman god Mercury and five other human sculptures; the frieze that runs on the mezzanine is also notable, which shows tiles with a female face in profile, personifying the famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Inside, the building preserves a patio that combines architectural details of Gothic and Moorish influence, an aspect that defines as eclectic the building’s general style. Another vestige is the “Manuel Ponz y Adrill” pharmacy, the first in Villahermosa, located at the building’s southwest corner where the museum's library currently operates.

After a series of rescue works, it was prepared to make way for the Museum of History of Tabasco, inaugurated on December 8, 1985. It houses a 400 pieces collection that includes trunks, paintings, altarpieces, weapons, photographs, household objects, engravings, coins and decorations, as well as prehispanic and ancient Mexico articles.

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