Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara

When it comes to postcards of buildings, I usually prefer views of the outside, but when there's art work like the one shown in this postcard I really don't mind to get inside views!

Mural del Hombre de Fuego
This postcard was sent by Marco

The Hospicio Cabañas in GuadalajaraJaliscoMexico, a World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas.
The complex was founded in 1791 by the Bishop of Guadalajara in order to combine the functions of a workhousehospitalorphanage, and almshouse. It owes its name to Juan Ruiz de Cabañas who was appointed to the see of Guadalajara in 1796 and engaged Manuel Tolsá, a renowned architect from Mexico City, to design the structure.
Tolsá's design was based on classic examples such as Les Invalides in Paris and El Escorial near Madrid
Following the death of Cabañas in 1823, construction continued until 1829. Although it served for a time as barracks in the mid-19th century, the hospital lasted well into the 20th century and continued to function until 1980, when the Cabañas Cultural Institute, with affiliated schools for arts and crafts, moved in. The highlight of the interior decoration is a series of monumental frescoes by José Clemente Orozco, including one of his most famed creations, the allegory of The Man of Fire (1936–39). - in: wikipedia

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