- Type: Culture
- My Place author: VicaAmuchastegui
NileGuide Expert Says:
This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world! It’s really small, so it won’t take you longer than half an hour to visit, but it’s worth every second.
NileGuide Expert tip:
The library is open tuesday thru sunday from 10 to 17 hrs. But the truth is that since the 1999 earthquake, the library is constantly being worked on, so be sure to ask at the information center, right there on the first floor of the Casa de la Cultura, if it'll be open.
- The Palafoxiana Library was founded in 1646 by the Archbishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, viceroy of New Spain, for the Seminary of Puebla. It was the first public library in America, and is the only one that has survived to this day. This stunning Baroque library contains over 42,000 books, some of which date back to the 15th century. It has well preserved unique manuscripts, and at least 9 incunabula. In 2005 it was submitted in the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
To visit the Library, you have to enter the Casa de la Cultura (the Cultural Arts Center) and go to the second floor. The library is right ahead of you, but the ticket office will be at you left hand side.
- tel: (222) 232-10-67
- 5 Oriente 5
- Puebla, Puebla 72000
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