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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 Cortés Palace in the Centre of the city is cuernavaca morelos. It is one of the main attractions of the city for its architecture and for its history. It was the place where Vice Hernan cortes the Spanish conquistador, was also used as prison of José Maria morelos y Pavón and seat of Government of the country during a period when he was interim President juan Álvarez against the general antonio López de santa anna as well as murals by the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera. It is an essential place during your visit to cuernavaca.
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  • in this museum is much more than what the name promises, it's a perfect journey through history
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  • Cuernavaca is much more than good weather. With a beautiful view from the central square and from the inside toward the Government Palace. Here same shipped Hernán cuts. There were many historical data that was unaware of this area of the country. This museum shows easily its past. In addition to the historical parts, old photographs and original ancient documents, they have a runner with an invaluable mural by Diego Rivera. This museum is the most beautiful in the country, no doubt.
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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