Friday, July 8, 2016

The House of Tiles, Mexico City

One of the attractions, to be found in the centre of the Mexican Capital City is the House of Tiles, the Casa de los Azulejos. This is an 18th century palace, built by the Count del Valle de Orizaba family. The attractive feature of this building is its tile façade, which is mainly white and blue with specs of other colours appearing here and there, believed to have been manufactures in Puebla.

This palace remained in private hands until the end of the 19th century. This building has been the stage for dramatic or colourful events. One of the counts of the Valley of Orizaba was killed by one of his daughter’s prospect at its monumental stairway. Before the revolution of 1910, the building housed the Jockey Club. It changed hands a number of times before being eventually bought by the Sanborns brothers who expanded their soda fountain/drugstore business into one of the best recognised restaurant chains in Mexico. 

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