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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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  • This historic building, made into a museum, is quite interesting in itself, including small looks into excavation of the pyramid it was built atop. The collection of artifacts includes some real gems,...  more »
  • This is a great collection. Everything is well maintained and it's a great history lesson. I learned a great amount about Mexico's history and the murals are gorgeous.  more »
  • Nice museum showing the history to Mexico. Nothing in comparison to the Anthropology museum in Mexico City, but does a nice job!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Me and my sister would go every summer. I love it here. We both need to return one day.
  • Worth the visit. If I remember correctly, this was Hernan Cortes' vacation home. The museum is very interesting too.
  • If you want to know about the history of Cuernavaca this is the best place to go
  • 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 :-)