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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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  • El lugar una joya arqueológica , los murales del segundo piso donde se plasma la historia de mexico , son maravillosos, la parte de la planta baja donde aun se conservan vestigios de culturas ancestra...  more »
  • La casa de Hernán Cortés en el centro de Cuernavaca es un imponente edificio de piedra de tres niveles, muy hermoso, y en el cual se encuentra un museo de historia de la region en donde se puede ir vi...  more »
  • Es un buen museo, ya que puedes ver varias reliquias y apreciar como era la vida en Morelos hace varios siglos, vale la pena visitar. 
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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