Antigou colegio de San Ildefonso is a building from 1588 that started off as a jesuit boarding school but is now a cultural center and a museum.
It is mostly known for being the cradle of mexicos muralist movement and the walls at the place is full of paintings by the great revolutionary painters like Riviera, Orozco and many more.
I mainly went there to see the famous murals, but there were a few other interesting exhebitions of modern art and it is a place i would gladly return to any day.
It´s open tuesday from 10am to 8pm and wedensday to sunday from 10am to 5:30pm.
Monday is closed.
The entrance when i was there in december 2009 was 45 pesos with half price given to students and retired people.
Great..... great murals from famous muralists as Diego Rivera and Siqueiros,, architecture is very rich as the name said, used to be a college, as well I happened to be at David Lachapelle´s exposition , it was awsome,, this place usually handles this great, world-rename artists.. Located across the street from Templo Mayor and Cathedral... free on tuedays
The antique Colegio is set in a group of three-story buildings which, after being founded by the Jesuits in the 16th century, served as a residence for young people that attended the University and other institutions of higher education. It got its present appearance after being extended in the 18th century. After the Jesuits were expelled, the college was handed over to the clergy.
In 1867, this building was turned into the National Preparatory School, a function it had - except for brief interruptions during the Revolution - until 1978, when it became a cultural center.
The architectural complex has two parts: the former college, with a facade that spans most of the street, and the building errected in the early 20th century to house the National University, overlooking Calle Justo Sierra.
This complex also has two monumental facades. The two hallways lead into two courtyards.
Colegio Grande is a square building with seven arches on each side and three floors linked by a monumental staircase with various flights. Its hallway is flanked by two of the most artistically stunning buildings in the complex: the former chapel.