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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  • This museum, now called the Palace of the Citibanamex culture, is a beautiful venue to receive this extraordinary temporary exhibition. Works from the 16th to 19th of various formats and all major manufacturing. A must if you visit the historic center of the CDMX,
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  • This museum space, located in Coyoacán, was designed by the muralist Diego Rivera with advice of the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Its construction is unique: is inspired by pre-Hispanic temples and used the same volcanic stone on which it is raised. The Museum holds pieces of pre-Columbian art (originals and replicas), collected by the painter.
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  • The Palace is noted for its Baroque façade, but was built in the first two decades of the 19th century, the collection exposed Mexican art is worth a quick visit but is not to be missed, nothing that stands out. Free admission, open every day from 10 to 19. You can jump with no regrets if you don't have time.
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