Palacio de Cortes, Cuernavaca

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As the oldest colonial-era civil structure in the Americas, Palacio de Cortes showcases the history of the region and colonial Mexico. Built in 1526 as a residence for the conquistador Hernan Cortez, the building originally had the double purpose of exerting authority over the conquered natives. Later the structure became a barracks and jail, housing prisoners of war during the war for independence. Currently the building serves as a museum showing the history and artifacts from colonial times and earlier. You can view artifacts from other Spanish colonies and the oldest clock in America; most of the information is only available in Spanish. Plan your visit to Palacio de Cortes and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cuernavaca trip itinerary maker website .
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  • Immersed in the heart of the city, a point of reference for all, museum and former home of the conqueror of Mexico, is the most emblematic place of Cuernavaca. The tremor of September 19, 2017 affected him greatly but a room opened below the Clock Tower and another section is about to open in July 2019. It's free at the moment. Take a guide who seems able to discover this Mexican gem.
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  • An emblematic place of Cuervavaca and very historic and beautiful... it may require some kind of cafeteria or restaurant of typical Morelos food.
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