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Palacio de Cortes, Cuernavaca
(4.5/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I liked very much, went on Sunday there were many people, staff very friendly access, entrance was free and this very neat place, clean and well preserved I welcome despite being exhibits from various periods and regions of the country is interesting as a general culture, the Palace has good aspect of conservation.
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  • Very interesting! It is to take part of our history with the exhibition that you can admire, really worth visiting it.
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  • The visit when teenager and had was a many important things to know. I went back to visit him in February and is almost empty. Account with crafts and things from other places that do not belong to the time of the Palacio de Cortes. Disappointed.
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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