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Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

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Centro Historico
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Address: Mexico City, Mexico
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10:00 - 18:00
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Tue 10:00 - 20:00
Wed - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

This recently restored old college, established by Jesuits in 1588, now...

This recently restored old college, established by Jesuits in 1588, now hosts various exhibitions.

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The Chinese produce great art

We went to an exhibit from the National Gallery of China in Peking. The range of styles of painting was amazing and the beauty was breath taking.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
Cynthia K
Mexico, D.F.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely murals, especially the one by Rivera in the small auditorium (officially closed during our visit, but the guide let us go in.)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We went to an exhibit from the National Gallery of China in Peking. The range of styles of painting was amazing and the beauty was breath taking.

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This building is beautiful and steeped in history, but we had a hard time truly understanding it as we missed the tour. We arrived in time but we were told we had to check something into the locker room (a poster), though the woman wouldn't allow me to leave my heavy purse there (why???). Checking this meant we missed the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The Antigua Colegio de San Idelfonso was one of my wife's and my own high points during our visit to Mexico City. Of special interest to us were the Orozco and Rivera murals. Not only did the esthetic and political differences between the two appear especially vivid, but the historical significance glared at us amid a splendid structure. The significance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I'd visited this place several times over the years, but hadn't really understood these Orozco murals well until I took the tour (in Spanish and included in the admission price). The tour also gives important background information on the building and the historical context of the murals. Highly recommended!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

My wife and I were able to see some ot the rooms where the Thesis were defended during the Colonial period. Also saw the early Murals of Orosco and others.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

This building close by the Zocalo is perhaps most famous for being the site of Diego Rivera's first mural. However one should not overlook the Orozco murals on the upper floor. A guide will help you understand these better and explain the controversy behind the Cortes-Malinche mural.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place wraps you with all the history of the building plus a great taste for art exhibits, perfect blend if you want to escape from the craziness of Mexico City's downtown and have a place to chill and enjoy art.

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Art lovers will want to keep an eye on what is happening here. The Javier Marin exhibit in 2016 was breathtaking. The building itself and the art that lives there full time are worth a visit. Just off the Zocalo in a fun neighborhood to explore. The Secretariat of Education is nearby where there are also more Rivera murals than... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Luckily arrived just in time for the 13h free tour in Spanish, although they have in English also. Great to see Diego Rivera's first mural, along with some of Orozco's most famous, as well as other muralists.

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The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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