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 trip itinerary maker website .
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  • October 2, 2017
    If you know the city you can not miss this Museum! In addition to its wonderful façade and its so central location boasts an excellent view from the inside and with much historical information relating to the State
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  • October 1, 2017
    we were in there on the second floor when the 7.1 strength earth quake started. Apart from the damaged clock tower, some cracks in the wall and big stones that fell down on the street from the outside...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Amazing exhibitions debts in historical periods. A mandatory place to visit in Cuernavaca.
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  • May 24, 2017
    Fabulous Diego Riviera. Must go through entire museum to see it though. Went with my Mexican husband and they made a big deal of me being a foreigner and had me pay more.
  • February 23, 2017
    Me and my sister would go every summer. I love it here. We both need to return one day.
  • January 3, 2017
    Worth the visit. If I remember correctly, this was Hernan Cortes' vacation home. The museum is very interesting too.
  • May 16, 2017
    If you want to know about the history of Cuernavaca this is the best place to go
  • February 6, 2017
    This museum comprises a whole set of exhibitions depicting the different ages of this region, formerly known as the Cuauhnáhuac, ranging from the ancient settlers to the Mexican Revolution. Can't miss it when you're in town :-)

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