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Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Mexico City, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #22 of 286 attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Mascota, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I am at my hotel, and I just returned from Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. I flew over for three days from Puerto Vallarta, where I live, specifically see to see the murals of Diego Rivera. There is only one here, La creación. It is located in the Anfiteatro Simón Bolívar. It is an early mural work, and is not... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The museum is housed in an old Jesuit seminary - great setting; beautiful building, stained glass. Orozco/Rivera/Siqueros murals are first rate. This was a very pleasant surprise.

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Orleans
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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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103 helpful votes 103 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
41 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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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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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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109 reviews 109 reviews
65 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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