Museo Frida Kahlo
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Casa de Alvarado
German historian Zelia Nuttall, who dedicated her life to the study of Mesoamerican cultures, lived in this 18th century villa. She changed its original name from Quinta Rosalia to Casa de Alvarado on the belief that this place had probably been the residence of Spanish conquerer and Cortes’ lieutenant, Pedro de Alvarado, who is accused of having murdered 600 Mexica nobles, an act that brought about the battle known as 'La Noche Triste'. After further research she dismissed her own theory but the house kept the name she gave it.
Casa de Salvador Novo
Salvador Novo, one of the most important Mexican writers – poet, journalist, playwright as well as Mexico City’s chronicles in the 1940s and 50s – lived in this house.
Here he wrote many articles and plays, that were put up in a stage found in the chapel of his house. He also organized literary evenings and enjoyed creating special dishes to please his guests. Currently the house has a small museum.
Capilla de San Antonio Panzacola
On the old Camino Real, that linked Coyoacan with San Angel, you find the little 18th century chapel of San Antonio Panzacola. Legend has it that it was ordered to built it by a smuggler’s mother in gratitude for a favor the Saint had granted to her sons. Strange enough, though, that the Saint on the chapel’s façade shows San Sebastian.
On one side of the chapel, there is an old little bridge, that crosses Rio de la Magdalena, which now is almost completely piped, except this single stretch. The river is very ugly nowadays, as it transports stinky dirt water. In the 19th century though, it was a favorite spot amongst landscape painters, such as Eugenio Landesio or Casimiro Castro.
Viveros de Coyoacán
The Viveros de Coyoacán are one of the city's lungs. The park is Mexico's first plantation used for reforestation of Mexico. Many of the plants and trees you find throughout the city have been grown there.
It is nice to have a walk in there, also one can bring some drink and food and sit down on one of the praderas, or ... afterwards go running ...
The Frida Kahlo Museum **
This building, also known as the blue house due to it facade colour, was built by Frida Kahlo`s parents in 1904, Frida was born here in 1907 and during her life remained as a very importamt place for her.
After meeting Diego Rivera the house became their dating point until they married and moved to San Angel.
During Leon Trotsky exile in Mexico he inhabited the house until he was forced to leave it after a argument with Diego Rivera, here he wrote Their Morals and Ours.
Afterwards Frida came back to the house, this time she taught painting to four boys known as "Los Fridos", and she painted her last works, she died here in 1954.
After Frida`s death Diego Rivera donated the house to the people of Mexico, and he opened the museum as a tribute for Frida`s life and work.
The museum has several frida`s paintings, including her last work, and some of Rivera`s too. It also exhibits pictures from other artists including Paul Klee, Marcel Duchamp, José María Velasco, Joaquín Clausell, Celia Calderón, Paulen Gotlieb, Ives Tanguy, Orozco and Wolfgang. A Mardonio Magaña`s sculpture, some mexican handcrafts from the towns of Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Metepec and Tlaquepaque, two cardboard Judas, archeological pieces from Teotihuacán and Tlatilco, some anonymous "still lives" and aproximately 2000 votive offerings.
Frida Kahlo`s typical dresses and necklaces are exhibited along with some of her personal belongings like letters and notebooks.
Diego Rivera`s and Frida Kahlo`s bedrooms are kept just as they were before the house became a museum and you can see some of their possesions , in Frida`s room there is a urn with her ashes.
On the garden there is a fake pyramid and more prehispanical pieces. In one of the walls there is a carved inscription saying "Frida y Diego/ vivieron en esta casa/ 1924-1954" (Frida and Diego/ lived on this house/ 1924-1954) you may try to find it.
The house is considered a national architectural monument.
The admission is 30 pesos, the museum is open from 10:00 to 17:45 everyday except on mondays.
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This is the main square of Coyoacan and is the site of a popular weekend art market. Coyaocan is a popular weekend destination and the plaza is filled with restaurants and tourist shops.
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Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares
This museum holds temporary exhibits of Mexican popular culture. At the time I was there it had an exhibit of local Indian culture and an exhibit of Children art with "Day of the Dead" theme.
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