The Palacio de Iturbide, first emperor of Mexico, and surrounding areas.
This was originally a home for the high bourgeoisie. Today it is the Museo Palacio Cultural Banamex.
Magnificent and baroque
Considered to be one of the Mexican baroque jewels, the Palacio de Iturbide, as it is now called, was built as a residence for the local high bourgeoisie becoming, in 1785, the first four storey private home in Nueva España. Its name was given due to the fact that Agustín de Iturbide, an independence hero and leader, lived there in the years after independence. He had proclaimed himself emperor of Mexico (1822), from one of the balconies in the palace. Later, it was used as a hotel until 1930, when it was turned into the headquarters of a transport company, until it was acquired by the Banco Nacional de Mexico (Banamex) group, which restored it as part of its social work and installed in it the Museo Palacio Cultural Banamex, a cultural centre housing a large collection of religious and popular art, as well as photography, and it also hosts concerts, conferences and seminars. In addition to this, a part of the building has been used to show the history of the palace itself. Inside the palace there is a magnificent courtyard.