Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City

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See some fine examples of the Mexican muralist movement at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. The complex dates back to 1588, when it was founded as a Jesuit college, and later became the national preparatory school. The school closed in 1978, and since 1992 the complex has housed a museum and cultural center. View the original street facade of the college, covered in red volcanic stone, and explore the interior's many murals by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and others. Visit the art and archaeological collections, including permanent and temporary exhibits of local artists. Take the guesswork out of planning a Mexico City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Passing by the street, Architecture invites you to visit the place, once in the exhibited works are not the prettiest, but anyway, is art and you can admire. This place would be a better target if I had a café with rich, not pack snacks, if not of development itself, so I would go 1 time per week to stay in a place of beautiful architecture and pleasant flavors
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  • The building is very interesting with impressive murals. As a bonus you have various interesting temporary exhibitions.  more »
  • Touring the historic center of the city of Mexico had noted the school as one of the points to visit but unfortunately I came across staff who told me that I could not access to the same. I consulted by another entry, day or time, but all were negative responses. A penalty.
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