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Palacio de Cortes, Cuernavaca

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As the oldest colonial-era civil structure in the Americas, Palacio de Cortes showcases the history of the region and colonial Mexico. Built in 1526 as a residence for the conquistador Hernan Cortez, the building originally had the double purpose of exerting authority over the conquered natives. Later the structure became a barracks and jail, housing prisoners of war during the war for independence. Currently the building serves as a museum showing the history and artifacts from colonial times and earlier. You can view artifacts from other Spanish colonies and the oldest clock in America; most of the information is only available in Spanish. Plan your visit to Palacio de Cortes and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cuernavaca tourist route planner.
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  • The Museum, being a very well preserved old building has much material display, with much information, a forced place.
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  • It is one of the landmarks of the city of Cuernavaca, where you can admire its architecture, in addition to the Museum and murals that you find there. If you visit Cuernavaca is a site that can not miss on your tour.
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  • A good Museum, with great historical content overshadowed by a bad maintenance, is already very old. many pieces have no explanation. The murals of Diego Rivera are undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the area.
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  • This is better than it looks from the outside. Definitely worth doing and can spend less than an hour.
  • Hermoso Museo
  • Amazing mural by Diego Rivera on the top floor balcony.
  • Fascinante construcción, buen museo, pesima ciudad...
  • Stunning structure