Local history museum in the palace of Hernando Cortes in Cuernavaca, Mexico

View through silhouetted arches of the main balcony of the Palace of Cortes, now the Huatempec Museum.
View through silhouetted arches of the main balcony of the Palace of Cortes, now the Huatempec Museum.

View to the main plaza of Cuernavaca through silhouetted arches of the main balcony of the Palace of Cortes, now the Huatempec Museum.

Cortes built his palace on – you guessed it – the local temple. The palace is now a nice museum to the local history, from prehistory, through the religions and revolutions, right up to impressive murals by Diego Rivera.

Mayan stone carving.

Mayan stone carving.

Mayan pictogram of 2 birds

Detail of contemporary painting of Mayan pictogram showing two linked birds. Mayan double happiness?

Spanish invasion drawing of boat

Spanish invasion drawing of a ship with full sails and a meeting of cultures.

Spanish invasion drawing of passages from the Bible translated into pictograms.

Spanish invasion drawing of passages from the Bible translated into pictograms. Click on the image to see a larger scale image with more detail.

Diego Rivera murals in the Palace of Cortes.

Overall view of the hall with murals by Diego Rivera.

Detail of Diego Rivera murals in the Palace of Cortes.

Detail of one of the murals showing one of the warriors dressed in an animal costume.

Diego Rivera murals in the Palace of Cortes.

View of one of the panels, with full color murals above and black pigment trompe l’oil paintings meant to look like bas relief carvings below.

Detail of Diego Rivera murals in the Palace of Cortes.

Detail of one of the murals showing a Spanish knight in armour being stabbed by an Astec in a jaguar costume.

Detail of Diego Rivera murals in the Palace of Cortes.

Diego Rivera murals in the Palace of Cortes, detail of one of the countless slaughters.

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