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Location / Nearby Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso


This recently restored old college, established by Jesuits in 1588, now hosts various exhibitions.
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The struggle of Mexicans

The struggle of Mexicans is depicted by Jose Clemente Orozco. Read the captions that give you a sense of the strife of the times.
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3.5 stars. Provocative murals and so much more.

First, don’t rush! To appreciate this complex you’re in for a lot of wandering. Up, down, through the different courtyards, balconies, buildings and galleries. There are many clear and useful signs with directions to different areas and exhibits- use them! This institution covers a lot of area, and is constantly in flux.
The murals- are quite heavy in subject matter, and cleverly worked into the architecture- not merely slapped up on the walls. There may be installations or regular gallery type displays, or outdoor stuff. Art both traditional and modern, religious and secular, depending on when you visit. The main courtyard is a little slice of paradise in the middle of Mexico City.
Sundays are free, otherwise 50 pesos.
The best part of this place IMO, is just strolling around and discovering at your leisure.

Repurposed building is a must see

This is now being shared as a preparatory school and a living museum. A presentation of the best way to eat insects had just completed. The chapel with the Diego Rivera Adam and Eve murals are definitely worth the viewing if it is not in use for lectures. Definitely part of a Zocalo visit.

Free on Sundays.

This school was founded by the Jesuit Order in 1588. It was a very prestigious college and also seminary for those studying for the priesthood.
After the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767, it became a quarter for the American and French troops.
In the 19th century, it was the National Preparatory school.
It was also the place were Diego Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco painted their murals.
I highly recommend it!

Beautiful murals, but a lot renovations.

Not only Diego Rivera painted murals in Mexico City, but there many more, as José Clemente Orozco. His style is more caracaturistic, less obvious leftist than Riviera, but ridicule the riches of the wealthy as well. A lot of halls were closed, so there were only a staircase and second floor arcade to visit. The murals were pretty however and there was a beautiful hall in this old jesuit monastery
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