Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla

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Visit colonial Mexico's first public library at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, which UNESCO added to the Memory of the World Register in 2005. The library was established in 1646, when Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, bishop of Puebla, donated 5,000 of his own books to the Colegio de San Juan, stipulating that they be accessible to everyone. The current building dates from 1773; today, it houses a collection of more than 41,000 books and manuscripts from the 15th to the 20th century. Put Biblioteca Palafoxiana at the forefront of your travel plans using our Puebla holiday planner.
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  • The reason for a 4 instead of a 5 has only to do with the fact that it is probably not for everybody. However, it is amazing that these 45,000 books of many languages survive in such great...  more »
  • We enjoyed our student lead tour of this amazing library (our guide was well worth the 200 pesos). It’s quite unbelievable that this huge room of three tiers of books is hundreds of years old. The...  more »
  • it's 40 pesos to enter the library which is quite beautiful but all the signs are in Spanish. I believe you can get the audio guide in English but they did not have them when I went there. Also there's some contemporary art once you leave the library in the upstairs viewing galleries.
  • It is a huge library, a beautiful one. There is no entry fee to the place. And one can tour the entire place in 15 minutes. I did not find it much interesting.
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