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PALAFOXIANA LIBRARY

PALAFOXIANA LIBRARY
Puebla, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

The origins of Palafoxiana Library date to 1646 when a personal collection of approximately 5,000 volumes was contributed to the Colegio de San Juan y San Pedro by Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza. In 1773, Bishop Don Francisco Fabián y Fuero ordered the construction of the Palafoxiana Library in the historic center of the city of Puebla to house Bishop Juan’s donation. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Following the 1999 earthquakes, WMF participated in a restoration project to consolidate the building structure and annexes of the library, restore the building, and renovate the interior. The earthquakes had caused large cracks in the vaults and walls, especially over the window bays, and further damage was caused by heavy rainfall. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The libraries of the religious orders of Mexico were located in Puebla, Morelia and Oaxaca. Palafoxiana in Puebla is the oldest library in the Americas, and is the only library of the three that remained intact and authentic, as it was continuously conserved. (...)

VIDEOS
World Monuments Fund 2013 Hadrian Gala Honors Roberto Hernández Ramírez
October, 2013

At the 2013 Hadrian Gala, World Monuments Fund presented Roberto Hernández Ramírez with the twenty-sixth Hadrian Award for his commitment to the preservation of Mexico’s cultural heritage.