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Palacio de Hierro

Orizaba

For your first stop, head to Madero Street in the old Plaza de Armas and feel like you're in France when you visit this building, whose design was inspired by art nouveau popular by the famous Eiffel Tower.

The Porfirian government contacted a Belgian company (with the famous French engineer was collaborating with this company) to build something similar and thus reaffirm the status of this city as the most cultured and refined in Mexico.

Inaugurated on September 16, 1894, the Palacio de Hierro (Iron Palace) is presumably the most beautiful building in Orizaba. Made with forged iron mixed with wood and bricks, something that makes it unique in the world.

Its construction was not easy, it was one of the first prefabricated monuments, it was sent in three steamships that sailed from Belgium to the Port of Veracruz. From there it was transferred by train to its final destination. Due to its beauty, when it was finished, it served for some years as the building for the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and until today it retains its original structure.

Nowadays it houses the Tourism offices and several small museums that are worth visiting such as: a beer museum, the Cuna del Fútbol (Soccer’s Cradle), the Museo Raíces de Orizaba or MURO (Orizaba Roots Museum); as well as the Planetario Rodolfo Neri Vela (Rodolfo Neri Vela Planetarium). Visitors never miss the opportunity to have a drink in its cafeteria, one of the most elegant around.

At the end of the tour, take advantage of its excellent location to take a walk through the Historical Center or visit the Catedral de San Miguel Arcángel (Cathedral of San Miguel Arcángel)
For your first stop, head to Madero Street in the old Plaza de Armas and feel like you're in France when you visit this building, whose design was inspired by art nouveau popular by the famous Eiffel Tower.

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The Porfirian government contacted a Belgian company (with the famous French engineer was collaborating with this company) to build something similar and thus reaffirm the status of this city as the most cultured and refined in Mexico.

Inaugurated on September 16, 1894, the Palacio de Hierro (Iron Palace) is presumably the most beautiful building in Orizaba. Made with forged iron mixed with wood and bricks, something that makes it unique in the world.

Its construction was not easy, it was one of the first prefabricated monuments, it was sent in three steamships that sailed from Belgium to the Port of Veracruz. From there it was transferred by train to its final destination. Due to its beauty, when it was finished, it served for some years as the building for the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and until today it retains its original structure.

Nowadays it houses the Tourism offices and several small museums that are worth visiting such as: a beer museum, the Cuna del Fútbol (Soccer’s Cradle), the Museo Raíces de Orizaba or MURO (Orizaba Roots Museum); as well as the Planetario Rodolfo Neri Vela (Rodolfo Neri Vela Planetarium). Visitors never miss the opportunity to have a drink in its cafeteria, one of the most elegant around.

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