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Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla

Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla (must see)

The Biblioteca Palafoxiana, founded in 1646, was the first public library in colonial Mexico, and is sometimes considered the first in the Americas. It has more than 41,000 books and manuscripts, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century.

The Biblioteca Palafoxiana owes its name and foundation to Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, bishop of Puebla. On 5 September 1646, Palafox y Mendoza donated 5,000 of his own items to the Colegio de San Juan - which was founded by him - on the condition that they be made available to the general public.

More than a century later, Francisco Fabián y Fuero ordered the construction of the premises which currently house the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. He donated his own collection, and the collections of the bishops Manuel Fernández de Santa Cruz and Francisco Pablo Vázquez and the dean of the Francisco Irigoyen Cathedral were gradually added, as were volumes from Pueblan religious schools and individuals. Books confiscated from Jesuits upon their expulsion in 1767 were also added.

The library was finished in 1773, consisting of a 43-meter-long vaulted hall on the Colegio's second floor. Two levels of bookshelves were built, and a retablo of the Madonna of Trapani by Nino Pisano was acquired. By the mid-19th century, the size of the collection necessitated a third level of bookshelves.

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Sight Name: Biblioteca Palafoxiana
Sight Location: Puebla, Mexico
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Puebla, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Puebla

Create Your Own Walk in Puebla

Creating your own self-guided walk in Puebla is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Sightseeing Tour in Puebla

Sightseeing Tour in Puebla

The subtropical city of Puebla has much to offer to those who are fascinated by the history and life of this Mexican city. Take the following walking tour and visit the first public library in the Americas, fascinating Renaissance and Baroque architectural monuments, statues and other jewels of Puebla.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Interesting Shopping Spots in Puebla

Interesting Shopping Spots in Puebla

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Museums in Puebla, Part II

Museums in Puebla, Part II

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Museums in Puebla, Part I

Museums in Puebla, Part I

The city of Puebla, named a World Heritage Site in 1987, is indeed worth the title and proudly lives up to it with its mesmerizing beauty engraved within its walls, houses and museums. If you really want to discover Puebla, begin with the following museum walking tour; you will definitely find the city’s history quite elaborate and fascinating.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Puebla Introduction Walk

Puebla Introduction Walk

The lovely city of Puebla, located southeast of the Mexican capital, is renowned for its culinary tradition, but even more so for its colonial architecture and pottery. The latter includes painted Talavera tiles, produced locally and widely applied to embellish the walls of numerous local buildings. The city's number 1 attraction is undoubtedly the Renaissance-style Puebla Cathedral...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles