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Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla

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Visit colonial Mexico's first public library at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, which UNESCO added to the Memory of the World Register in 2005. The library was established in 1646, when Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, bishop of Puebla, donated 5,000 of his own books to the Colegio de San Juan, stipulating that they be accessible to everyone. The current building dates from 1773; today, it houses a collection of more than 41,000 books and manuscripts from the 15th to the 20th century. A visit to Biblioteca Palafoxiana represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Puebla travel itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • A hidden gem in Puebla. Beautiful and photogenic. It is definitely a must see because it is really pretty.  more »
  • Lovely library with so many old books and history. Worth a visit and please get a guide (discretionary tip).  more »
  • its not that big but looks interesting. all the books are really old so we cant touch it but we can see some intersting book in the special glass.  more »
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  • Nice building with a huge room for old first public library in America, it has a beautiful design to watch and enjoy for a minute.
  • A great place for see all the diferents old books
  • Impressive library with an impressive collection of old books.
  • There are some seriously old books in there and a great amount of history. The interior is spacious, historical, interesting and contains some cool furniture. Worth a look.
  • Beautiful and interesting place!