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“Not to be missed”

Biblioteca Palafoxiana
Ranked #6 of 113 things to do in Puebla
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A 43,000-volume library located in the Casa de la Cultura.
Chicago, Illinois
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272 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

This library from mid-1600's is really incredible. Some books date back to the 1400's.

Visited April 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“An unbelievably beautiful room with immense historical significance.”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

The Palafox library is on the second floor of the Casa de la Cultura, which is just on the other side of the cathedral from the zocalo. Go on Tuesday, when it's free (although it's cheap other days, too.) The entry and the library room (one long room with three levels of books) is so beautiful you wonder why we don't have more of them. The books are very old and are not accessible, but then, you don't go to read, you go to see something that doesn't exist in many other locations. I think it is a "must see" in Puebla, if only for 15 minutes (or more.)

Visited April 2012
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Puebla, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“If possible don´t miss it”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

If you are planning a visit to Puebla there are things that can´t be out of your list this Library is big and all the books are old, although you can´t take any book out I can´t imagine all the incredible things they have inside

Visited October 2011
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boston, ma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“magnificent”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

A library? really intersting? Really yes! Definitely worth the small price of admission.
Entering this unique space is stepping back to an elegant era when craftsmanship was king. People are surprised at how fascinating the displays are. It's a wonderful space to wander through at least once.
Outside the library, itself, there are usually interesting art exhibitions. Next door is the Casa de la Cultura, an especially useful tourist resource offering GREAT maps and the most useful tourist information in Puebla. They also host some of the best performances - dance, music, etc. around town.

Visited March 2012
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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“worth seeing - skip the fee”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

They charge for this library, however you can see all of it just from the doorway. It's beautiful and worth seeing. great building.

Visited March 2012
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