Coyoacán Things to Do

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    Casa Azul - Museo Frida Kahlo

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 9, 2006

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    This is the museum is in the home of Mexico's premier female artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo was married to Diego Riveria, Mexico's most famous artist. The museum contains a decent collection of of Kahlo's and Riveria work along with pieces from their personal art collection.

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    Casa Cortes

    by Jim_Eliason Written Dec 9, 2006

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    This building was built by Cortes as his seat of his spanish adminstration during the siege of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. In 1523 he transferred the colonial government to the site of modern day Mexico City.

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    Museo Frida Kahlo

    by malianrob Updated Sep 22, 2008

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    After having read the biography of Frida Kahlo and looking at varies pictures, this place seemed very familiar to me. I came here once on the Turibus but because of the demonstrations at the University we were side tracked and we didnt get to Coyoacan until very late. Unfortuneatley the Museo was closed. I was so bumbed out. I did get a great view of the city and I knew I HAD to come back. I vcame back the next day with a driver we hired. He brought us here and later in the day we went to Xochmilco.
    The travel book I had said that cameras are not permitted. This is not true. You can bring your camera and even take pictures inside the museum like in the gardens and the outside area of the house butnot any inside the rooms.
    There isnt a whole lot to se here really. They say that the house has been practically lefty the way it was when Frida and Diego lived here.
    For me though, it didnt matter, I came to Coyoacan to see this place and I love it. What I didnt expect was tofind Coyoacan so beautiful.
    The Museum has the bed that Frida Kahlo laid in, her wheelchair, a few paintings and scetches. You can also see the plaster corsett that she wore for long periods of time. The museumwas very interesting. There are a totalof something like 12 rooms here, a couple of them were closed for renovation though.

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    The Frida Kahlo Museum **

    by pencho15 Written Jun 20, 2005

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    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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    Viveros de Coyoacán

    by AnnaLupilla Written Nov 3, 2005

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    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 ...

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    Capilla de San Antonio Panzacola

    by AnnaLupilla Written Dec 1, 2005

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    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.

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    Casa de Alvarado

    by AnnaLupilla Updated Dec 1, 2005

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    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.

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    Jardín del Centenario

    by AnnaLupilla Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    Parroquia de San Juán Bautista

    by AnnaLupilla Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    Casa de Salvador Novo

    by AnnaLupilla Written Dec 1, 2005

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    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.

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    Take a walk to visit the colonial homes

    by malianrob Written Sep 23, 2008

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    Along the Avenida Francisco Sosa you will find some of the most beautiful homes in Coyoacan. These have been retored to look as they did in the Colonial era. You can walk for a few blocks and imagine what it used to be like back in that time. The streets are cobblestone, there are trees everywhere amd the homes are beautiful.
    Most of the homes have names and they carry the coat of arms of the original families that used to live here. Some house have the family name on them and others have a shrine to the Virgen Mary.
    We took a stroll along these streets and it was so peaceful. People (locals) were walking their dogs. Everyone that you passed said good morning.
    Some of the homes had the little hoops on the wall where they used to tie up their horses. These are very old homes with so much character and elegance. Walking around here takes you back in time.

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    San Juan Bautista Church

    by malianrob Updated Sep 23, 2008

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    Located in the main square of Coyoacan this church is said to be one of the prettiest in all of Mexico. From the outside it looks quite plain but once you go inside its another story. Thy say that this church had to be beautiful because this is where the Conquistador Cortes came to worship. This is one of the oldest Catholic churches in central Mexico.
    It is true from the outside it didnt look like much but inside was nice. Once again we can come in, free to look and take pictures.
    On Sundays service is just about every hour beginning at 6am

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    Mercado de Coyoacan

    by malianrob Written Sep 23, 2008

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    This is probably the cleanest street market I have ever seen. There were tons of good places to eat if you had the munchies. There are also beautiful flowers for sale, fruits and veggies, spices, clothing. arts and crafts. I was going to eat here but enstead we decided to go somewhere else. It was fun to walk around in here and talk to people and take pictures. It is interesting all the unique things you can find here.
    If you are in the area you might want to check it out.

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    Casa De Hernan Cortes

    by malianrob Updated Sep 23, 2008

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    So this used to be the house of the conquistador Hernan Cortez. It is now government offices. I think they said it was municipal government. We came here on a Sunday so this was all closed off. On top of that there was construction going on for the Independance Day Celebration and they were also painting. So I never thought that we would actually get inside. We were with our friend Celso who convinced the painters to convince the security guys to let us in and check out the place.
    To my surprise they let us in and showed us around, gave us a tour of the place, talked alittle bit about the history and some of the paintings and murals here.
    It was really very nice of them, we were very thankful. There is also a Diego Rivera mural inside.
    The Castle of Cortes, where the Spanish conquistador Cortes lived when a forest and waters separated this area from Mexico City. Now, it houses the offices of the Delegate for Coyoacan and the area's tourist office.

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    Plaza Hidalgo and Jardin Centenario

    by malianrob Written Sep 23, 2008

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    This is the main square. There was contruction going on here but it didnt make this place not worth seeing. It was very beautiful. This is known as Coyoacans zocalo. The main square is a beautiful plaza in the center. A church (San Juan Bautista on one side, the Casa Cortes on another and a beautiful garden.
    Usually there are people hanging out, people watching, selling their crafts and food.
    There were some benches available but mostly things were covered up.
    There were some restaurants and cafes open to the public so it wasnt so bad. I was very glad we came here.

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