Casa de la Cultura

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Puebla , Mexico
Street Av 5 Oriente 5
+52 222 232 12 27
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Lonely Planet review

Occupying the entire block facing the south side of the cathedral, the former bishop’s palace is a classic 17th-century brick-and-tile edifice, which now houses government offices, the Casa de la Cultura and the State Tourist Office. Inside are art galleries, a bookstore and cinema, and a congenial cafe out back in the courtyard.

Upstairs is the 1646 Biblioteca Palafoxiana , the first public library in the Americas. The library’s gorgeous shelves – carved cedar and white pine – house thousands of rare books, including the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle and one of the earliest New World dictionaries.