Casa del Mayorazgo de Canal

Casa del Mayorazgo de Canal

Casa del Mayorazgo de Canal
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This mansion is still owned by the family of Manuel Tomas de la Canal, but is now open to the public.
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Londinense
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico11,656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There seems to be some confusion here. Yes, the building is open to the public, since it is a branch of the Banamex bank: hardly worth checking out the interior therefore! Best walk round the side into Canal for a glance at the original portal and the exquisitely carved doors. Howevere, I cannot see how this gets listed as one of San Miguel's top attractions.The other review (in Spanish) is under the impression it's a hotel. It's not.
Written May 6, 2009
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cfuller603
Washington DC, DC966 contributions
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Jan 2015 • Solo
It's unfortunate that the listing for this building leads to confusion, even in the tourist materials of the city which calls it a museum but just says "Casa de Canal." It isn't really a museum, but a wonderful site of Spanish architecture. Even more confusing it faces the "Casa Canal" (which is an old house primarily occupied by a furniture store surrounding a lovely courtyard). What you actually visit is the restored facade, entrance, and two courtyards of the original 18th and 19th century house which is now home to Banamex, occupying the huge building on the corner of the main square facing the garden. The house entrance is on the side street about 50' down on the left. If you are interested in colonial architecture, this is worth a visit.

There is no outside sign and you walk in past a bookstore through a arched entryway to a courtyard where a guard reminds you to sign the visitor book in the entryway. There is a thin brochure that gives a bit of background. The aristocrat, Narciso Maria Loreto de la Canal, was one of the conspirators with Ignacio Allende for Mexican independence in 1810. After he was captured and died, his house was confiscated, returned to the family after independence, and eventually became a hotel. Banamex, the national bank of Mexico, bought the house in 1981 and renovated it for the 2010 celebration of the War of Independence. Beginning with the facade, you can see three architectural styles: baroque, rococo and neo-classical. Off the first courtyard you can see temporary exhibits, a video room (interesting history and review of the house but entirely in Spanish); the bookstore and the folk-art gift shop are in the entryway.
Written February 6, 2015
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Chelsea42
Northern California575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
As others have said, the entrance to the courtyard of this formerly splendid home is not apparent. It's actually on Calle Canal, a few steps from the main square. There are two huge and beautifully carved wooden doors that lead inside. No photos are permitted. Banamex now owns the building, but the courtyard is open to the public so you can see where one of the prominent families of San Miguel lived in the early 19th century. It's very grand. There are temporary art exhibits in a side gallery, usually excellent. We saw a photographic exhibit of ancient French monasteries. There's also a video of the history of the house, and although it's in Spanish you get the idea. There's a small gift shop also.
Written May 23, 2017
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