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Colegio de San Ildefonso - Historical Building Mexico City - Mexico

The Colegio de San Ildefonso comprises three floors surrounding a check-tiled, leafy courtyard, whose cloisters are a popular spot for snogging couples. The Colegio has been cited as the birthplace of Mexican Muralism. Artists such as Rivera, Orozco, Fermin, Revueltas and Ramón Alvade a la Canal got some of their earliest commissions here from José Vasconcelos. The multitalented Vasconcelos was Minister of Public Education in the 1920s, as well as poet and philosopher. The first floor staircase and third floor walls have some acidic Orozco murals representing the state of modern Mexico.

Founded by the Jesuits in 1888, San Ildefonso was proclaimed the National Preparatory School by Benito Juarez in the late 19th century, before it was absorbed into the newly formed UNAM in 1910.

Wheelchair accessible.

Justo Sierra 16, Centro Historico
Mexico City, Mexico

Historical Building Types:
19th century architecture

Price Description: $4.50, Students $2.25, Tuesday Free

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:10 a.m.

Open Hours to:5.30 p.m.

Days Closed:Monday

Travel Skills: None

Contact Information:
Phone: 57 02 63 78/ 29 91

Here are other activities in and around Mexico City that may be of interest: Palacio de Bellas Artes, La Casa de la Primera Imprenta, Palacio de Iturbide, Palacio Nacional, La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Estadio Olimpico, Iglesia de Santiago, Pino Suarez Metro Station, Convent and Church of San Francisco and Jesus Nazareno Church and Hospital.

10 Mar 2009

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