The Veracruz City Museum
The Veracruz City Museum is housed in a building that occupies the southwest corner formed by the ancient streets of Bitterness and Condesa, today Zaragoza Avenue and Calle Esteban Morales, respectively, in the historic center of Veracruz.
The property is a two storey building of neoclassical architecture veracruzana feature s middle and late. XIX. The façades, composed of an alternating series of massifs and openings topped by eaves with brackets and cornices, correspond in both levels; the bottom of the openings ground floor, except the doors, boards is adorned with "diamond point".
Entering the main door of the Veracruz city museum and crossing the hall, there is a beautiful bronze grating with secondary doors. The rectangular courtyard is surrounded by galleries and arcades supported by pilasters on the ground floor and upstairs columns; in the center there is a fountain with Italian marble dumps.
In the background lies the staircase imperial style, like the patio floors and galleries, is gray marble; its railings are of bronze and are repeated in the upper gallery. Lighting staircase leads through a splendid stained glass, designed by Alberto Beltrán, representing the Trueno Viejo, Tajin, complemented the set with Venetian mosaic mural depicting the Twelve Elders creators -who storm clouds hovering between - and that appear in the interior of the dome of half orange that, finished in a lantern, serves as roof to the stairs.
Originally the building was built by agreement of the council to house the Hospice of the city. In regular meeting of February 27, 1852, an agreement was approved to establish in the city of Veracruz hospice where "... protection be provided to the needy humanity." This agreement was with the consent of the State Government and the sponsorship of two veracruzanos distinguished: Don Ildefonso Ricardo Cardeña and Don Manuel Gutierrez Zamora.
In its permanent exhibition rooms shows the historical development of the city, based on texts, images, various documents, scale models, interactive devices. Its route follows a chronological sequence of the history of the city, which began in the sixteenth century with the pre-Hispanic ruins found on the Island of Sacrifices and around the city, its foundation and journey, the development during the Viceroyalty, interventions foreign and Reformation, and its strategic and commercial importance until the nineteenth century. Room II records the period of the twentieth century.
Temporary halls and corridors present the work of artists and creators at the Veracruz city museum, while in the central courtyard cultural events such as concerts, theater, book presentations, concerts and other presents.
Every day that passes is a historical event and every moment that sets the direction of our Jarocho people will be saved and preserved within the walls of this hostel, this museum will be the faithful narrator for each new generation knows the roots and the tradition that originated Veracruz.