Centro Cultural de España

sights / Architecture

Centro Cultural de España information

Location
Mexico City , Mexico
Address
República de Guatemala 18
Getting there
Metro: Zócalo
More information
www.ccemx.org
Opening hours
cultural center 10am-9pm Tue-Sun, museum 11am-7pm
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Always has a variety of cutting-edge art exhibitions going on. In the basement you'll find the Museo de Sitio , an interesting museum with the remains of 'El Calmécac,' a school where children of Aztec nobility received religious and military training during the reigns of Emperors Ahuízotl and Moctezuma II. It was built between 1486 and 1502.

Also in the museum are various artifacts unearthed as the cultural center was being expanded between 2006 and 2008, including several 2.4m-tall pre-Hispanic almenas (spiral-shaped decorative pieces), colonial-era ceramic objects and a weathered 20th-century handgun.

The cultural center's splendidly restored colonial building, which conquistador Hernán Cortés once awarded to his butler, has a cool terrace bar that stages live music and DJ sets Wednesday to Saturday from 10pm.