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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  • It is worthwhile to take the time to explore this beautiful building, the entrance is free and offers guided tours at 2:00, 14:00 and 16:00 hrs. Currently they have an exhibition of births of different Mexican artists since they just spend the holidays.
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  • It is not the first you see and the last one which I shall be attending to this historic place and the private museum, is not surprised to enter and see colonial architecture, and also see the exhibition that make it very well. It is noteworthy that the entry is free all year round and has all forms of security and very orderly exposure. I highly recommend this Museum, you will not regret it.
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  • Went to see the paintings of Villalpando but found they only had nativity scenes on display made by artisans, they were nice but not what we are interested in so wasted trip and since I've been to thi...  more »

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