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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. Put Biblioteca Palafoxiana at the forefront of your travel plans using our Puebla holiday planner.
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  • Don’t think it’s worth the 40 pesos but it was interesting and very old. Hard to find. Not well marked. 
    Don’t think it’s worth the 40 pesos but it was interesting and very old. Hard to find. Not well marked.  more »
  • Billed as the oldest public library in the Americas (founded 1646), it houses over 45,000 books and manuscripts dating from the 15th C. It figures prominently on most Must See Puebla lists but the... 
    Billed as the oldest public library in the Americas (founded 1646), it houses over 45,000 books and manuscripts dating from the 15th C. It figures prominently on most Must See Puebla lists but the...  more »
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  • Wow, what an amazing place for the arts! Apart from seeing the oldest public library in the Americas, they have many rooms with free temporary exhibitions, a place to chill out, a Victor Hugo quote supporting the Mexicans in their defense battle against the French, and lots of chairs to chill out. Really nice, underrated space!
  • It's an interesting place to visit if you have time, but it's not a must do while in Puebla. My visit was about 3-5 mins. It wasn't crowded, but there were a lot of tour groups visiting during my time there.

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