Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City

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The Palace of Iturbide is a large palatial residence located in the historic center of Mexico City at Madero Street #17. It was built by the Count of San Mateo Valparaíso as a wedding gift for his daughter. It gained the name “Palace of Iturbide” because Agustín de Iturbide lived there and accepted the crown of the First Mexican Empire at the palace after independence from Spain. Today, the restored building houses the Fomento Cultural Banamex; it has been renamed the Palacio de Cultura Banamex.History of the buildingThis residence was constructed by Miguel de Berrio y Saldívar, Count of San Mateo Valparaíso and Marquis of Jaral de Berrio. Berrio y Saldívar’s fortune was based in mining and livestock. He also served as the mayor of Mexico City. He purportedly built the palace in an elaborate way to equal the sum of his daughter’s dowry, approximately 100,000 pesos, in order to stop his new his son-in-law, the Marquis of Moncada of Sicily, from squandering his daughter’s wealth. It was built as a replica of the royal palace of Palermo. This couple’s son, the grandson of the home’s builder, preferred not to live in the palace but offered it for the use of visiting dignitaries, such as viceroy Félix Calleja and later Agustín de Iturbide. From this palace’s balcony, Iturbide accepted the offer to be Mexico’s first emperor after independence from Spain. During his reign (1821–1823), he lived here, using the house as the royal palace.
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  • We were on a private tour during a business trip, learning about the art and the baroque period and amazing work they have on display. our tour guide was very knowledgeable and significant time can be...  more »
  • Extraordinary exhibition in the primary collection of Mexican painter of the new Spain Cristóbal de Villalpando contemporary of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and invited by the religious orders of the Dominicans, Franciscans, Jesuits and Carmelite to translate its work, is considered to be the painter of his time.
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  • This museum is located in Historic District of Mexico City. It has temporary exposition of different artists all of which are free! Just to go inside of the building is worth the visit it was restored...  more »

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