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Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Mexico City, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #21 of 284 attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: Founded as a Jesuit College, it became the Escuela Normal after the revolution. A baroque building, and one of the first to be decorated with murals... more »
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Orleans
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Just a few steps away from the ring of major sites in the Zócalo (cathedral, national palace, Templo Mayor) is an oasis of peace and quiet and splendid architectural and art to view in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. Early works of Orozco, Rivera and others merit a good hour or more to view ... read might be as... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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62 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This building, a former Jesuit seminary, contains murals by the great painters, Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. There is also exhibition space for current art exhibitions.

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Mexicali, Mexico
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Very nice colonial building with Orozco murals. I liked the stained glass window more then the murals. Its worth the visit if you are near by.

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Melbourne Australia
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162 reviews 162 reviews
38 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is an obligatory stop for visitors to Mexico City. Its just north of the Cathedral, Zocalo and the Templo Mayor archaeological site, so its easy to combine with visits to those places, as well as with a tour of the wonderful Diego Rivera murals at another nearby location, the old building of the Ministry of Education (SEP). Once a... More

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New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
37 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

No Diego. Lots of Orozco, who was fixated on killing the rich. Interesting temp exhibits too. It's OK, may as well see the muralists while you're here.

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boston,ma.
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58 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We loved the beautiful old building and the wonderful murals painted throughout but had difficulty finding the Rivera one. A few people we asked in the building weren't even sure where it is. Finally a woman in the gift shop was able to direct us to the little theatre where his mural is klocated. They made sure we didn't take... More

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Milan, Italy
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57 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This museum is in a building of the XVI century, which originally was a Jesuit college. In 1867, when the Jesuits were banned from Mexico, the building was converted into a high school for teachers ("Escuela Nacional Preparatoria"). To day it is a museum. In the years 1920-1930 the inside of the building was extensively painted by the most famous... More

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Los angeles, Ca. USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

the architecture, the murals, the design , the elegance AND the current exhibits that are always of high quality.

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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We went on Tuesday and found out it was a free day, so made it even more worth the while. If you are a fan of art, this museum has Diego Rivera's first mural on the bottom floor, and a great collection of Jose Clemente Orozco murals throughout

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San Diego, California
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87 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

a lot of really cool Orozco murals are here, they are really incredible and a must see when in Mexico city

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