Photo Walk Nº66 – Off the beaten path in the Centro Histórico

Exploring a little-known part of the Centro Histórico with some hidden gems and lots of street art

This week our Photo Walk took us to the Centro Histórico to an area which is off the usual tourist trails but which has a lot of surprises in store. We started off by walking down Calle Bolivar and made a quick stop at Borcegui, a shoe shop which has been around for over 152 years and conserves its former atmosphere almost intact. 

Next we visited the Biblioteca Lerdo de Tejada with its stunning murals painted by Vlady,  a Russian-Belgian artist who lived in Mexico. After that, we explored Calle San Jeronimo and Calle Regina brightened up with street art. Not far from this area is the Hospital de Jesús founded by the conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1524 and which is still in use. Its rather ugly modern façade hides the old Colonial hospital courtyards which take you completely by surprise. It’s like stepping back in time and is a real haven of peace in this chaotic noisy area. Along one of its walls is a mural depicting pre-Hispanic medicine and the meeting between Cortés and Moctezuma, the Aztec ruler.

On our way back to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, we popped into the original Palacio de Hierro with its two beautiful glass domes and the Gran Hotel with its spectacular art-nouveau interior where part of the latest James Bond was filmed.

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