"Coyoacán - Place of the Coyotes" Coyoacán by AnnaLupilla

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Little history and Overview

Inhabitants of this area on the southern banks of Texcoco belonged ethnically to the Tecpanecas. They were farmers as well as lapidary artists, specialised in the cutting of volcanic rocks, which they obtained from a nearby stony tract formed by the eruption of Xitle volcano centuries ago.
Cortes established in Coyoacan the first City Hall in the Valley of Mexico. He is also known to have had a house here, but little was left of it. Remains of his house were taken to the City Hall, which then became known as ?Casa de Cortes?, even though it was built in 1755.
Some buildings from viceroyal period are still standing in Coyoacan, but most of the country residences, mansions and rustic adobe houses match with 19th century styles, and more than two are replicas constructed during the 20th century. Neighbors and local authorities, however, have worked hard to preserve this neighborhood?s appearance of ?being frozen in time?, which includes its myths and anecdotes, that range from apparition stories to incidents involving internationally famous personalities of arts and politics who have lived in this neighborhood.
If we add the huge range of cultural, gastronomic, shopping and entertainment possibilities it offers, then Coyoacan becomes one of the most fascinating places in this city. It is inconceiveable not to come here.

  • Last visit to Coyoacán: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 1, 2005
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