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The Palace of Cortes and the Tourist School

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 About 60 years ago Tlaxcalan writer and historian Mr. Salazar Monroy decided to build a Tourist Hotel to promote Tourism in the town of Acuitlapilco located next to a lagoon on the outskirts of Tlaxcala.

He designed it with great flourishes of Prehispanic designs and tiled pictures depicting the history of the Tlaxcalan nation. Unfortunately local officials didnt agree with his ideas and created several roadblocks, stopping permits and finally sinking his plans. The Hotel went under and now years later it has been converted into a Tourist School.

And next door to the School we find the Palace of Cortes… Legend has it that Cortes and his mistress “Malinche” stayed here and would swim in the lagoon in the mornings.

 Most historians scoff at this story but there’s a plaque on the building placed there by a Governor Cisneros that says it once housed the image of the “Virgen of the Conquest”, an image that Hernan carried with him during his campaigns against the Aztecs.  The Image now rests in the San Franciscan Church in Puebla.

Whatever the case, the tiled pictures never lose their colorful luster and their history thanks to Mr. Salazar Monroy live on.

 

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