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Veracruz Tour Guide
Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
and including Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico



Fototeca, the city's photo museum
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Fototeca protects the photographic heritage of Veracruz and displays shows. The gallery is supported by IVEC. It is housed in the Mirada de something
Fototeca is located in the city compound sitting next to the Municipal Palace.


Arte Popular is an incredible contemporary crafts shop
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We say crafts, but folk art is truly a better description of the high quality work you'll find in Arte Popular. Artisans from around the state display their works here. The cultural influences of Veracruz's many peoples is reflected in the design of the art works.
Calle Mario Molina No. 23, Planta Alta, Colonia Centro; it is open every day of the week from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.




City Museum, a must-see museum
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Old Veracruz comes to life in the City Museum. The model of the walled (against foreign forces and pirates) city, the Cabeza Olmeca, the model of the commercial docks in action, and much more takes you from prehistory to yesteryear. Veracruz is the end of the Caribbean trade route and has long been among the most important commercial centers in Mexcio. Several important indigenous groups developed empires in what's now the State of Veracruz. Construction on the building housing the museum , a magnificant example of a large interior courtyard structure, was completed in 1861. First built as an asylum for children and the aged, it also served as military housing, a military hospital, and a hospital for women.
Address: Zaragoza # 397, Centro Historico,
hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M., Sunday 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.




The Naval Museum, old Mexico, old Veracruz, and naval history textfacade facade

Not only a museum of the Mexican Navy's equipment and its history in this region of the country, but also a history of the State of Veracruz from a military perspective is housed in these immaculately cared for exhibits. The building for years served as the Naval Academy of Mexico. It is part of the buildings housing the ??? district of the ??? naval region. The museum also houses models of the old forts built around Mexico, and a special exhibit dealing with the tall ship, the Cuauhtemoc. All graduating classes from the naval academy spend six months sailing on the Cuauhtemoc. Also to be seen at the Naval Museum is a piece of the foundation of the old city wall.
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The City's Library, a typical Mexican city library
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The City Library, once housed in the Historic Archives facility is next door to the City Museum. Browsing the shelving gives one a feeling for the availability of books in much of Latin America. There are no branch libraries around town. Funding is always a problem. The current facility is at least the third home of the city library. It was initially housed in the Recinto de la Reforma, often referred to as the Juarez Lighthouse. For some time it was housed in the Historic Archives building. The Library has an active children's program.
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IVEC, home of the Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura
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The Veracruz Institute of Culture is part of the state government, and it carries forward folk and pop art in many ways. This building has been a convent, a hospital, and now is home to many arts and crafts activities.
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Atarazanas, where once they made masts for the Navy's sailing ships
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Making masts for sailing ships and storing them was a "long" project in times gone by. The Atarazanas building was constructed just for this purpose and housed the making and storing of masts for many years. Today it doubles as an art gallery and a center for classes in art and music.


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The Home of Diaz Miron, one of Mexico's finest poets
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This might be the most incredible example of what eighteen Pesos in silver can buy. The father of Salvador Diaz Miron, one of Mexico's most famous poets, purchased the house for this amount. The Poet inherited his childhood home in 1895. Diaz Miron apparently loved dueling almost as much as poetry and ran afoul of the law a number of times in his life. The old family home is a block from the City Museum. Today it serves as a gallery and, as is typical, an example of historic architecture .
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Archivos Historicos, the home of Veracruz's old records
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The Historic Archives houses, among other antique documents, the old city records. On display are a number of eighteenth and nineteenth century documents. The building began its historic life as shops on the ground floor and residential areas on the two floors above. The old laundry sinks are still to be found in the large interior courtyard. The building was the second home of the City's library. It returned to library service some twenty years ago when the oldest of the books and records in the City Library were brought back to this historic structure.
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County Records
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The Registro Civil is much like our county records office. Registering civil marrages is one of its primary functions. It has two spacious chapels (with dazzling stained glass) for those who wish to be married here. Civil marriage is completely different from church marriage and still different from both of these is marriage by decision.
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Juarez Lighthouse
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Church, convent, and lighthouse, this is a magnificant structure. In addition to its gallery of statues, it almost always houses art exhibits. It was the reef systems primary lighthouse long ago. Since then the Carranza lighthouse picked up the role, and now, of course, the current lighthouse is offshore on Sacrifice Island.
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Cathedral
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Veracruz has a beautiful Cathedral located right on the zocalo. Buildings live a difficult life on the edge of the ocean, and constantly repairs are needed. Beautiful detail work is to be seen in the roof structures.
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Casa Principal
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High ceilings, massive arches, colonial design all add up to make this a beautiful building. Today the Casa Principal is one of IVEC's primary art exhibition sites..
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Municipal Palace
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The building is so well kept that one can't see its age. City Hall and County Seat all rolled up into on, you're invited to enter the busy interior courtyard and climb to the second level. The Municipal Palace is always full of activity.
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Circulo Espanol Mercantil
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Often referred to as The Spanish Club, the Circulo Espanol Mercantil is filled with beautiful woodwork, tile, and furnishings. It's best to visti at about ten in the morning. Sometimes it can be difficult to get past the doorkeeper.
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