Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Central Highlands
House of Hernán Cortés
The City Hall of 1892.
Erected 1892 by Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de México.
Location. 19° 21.013′ N, 99° 9.732′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker can be reached from Calle Ignacio Allende, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is along the facade of the Old Palace of the City Hall (el Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento) in Coyoacán, on the northern portion of the Hidalgo Garden (el Jardín Hidalgo). Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México 04000, Mexico.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Agustín Lara (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Leon Trotsky’s Funeral Column (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Octavio Nicolás Fernández Vilchis (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Monument to the Mexican Fallen of 1847 The Defense at the Battle of Churubusco (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Convent of Our Lady of the Angels of Churubusco (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Saint Patrick Battalion Plaza (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); The Dolphin House/House of the Marquess of Sierra Nevada (approx. 3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
Regarding House of Hernán Cortés. This marker is notable for being in error as the conqueror of Mexico Hernán Cortés never lived in this building. After the fall of Mexico-Tenochtitlán in 1521, Hernán Cortés ordered the city to be rebuilt. In the meantime, he came to live in this area known as Coyoacán, where he established the first government of New Spain. So, Coyoacán was something like the first Spanish capital of Mexico, whose main headquarters was installed in this place that is now occupied by the Old Palace of the City Hall, near the Hidalgo Garden. It is likely that some time around the marker's placement in 1892 there was confusion over the role of the building, as Cortés did have a residence some four blocks away. He lived for some
The building that is still here today is not from 1521, but from 1756, so it is historically impossible that Cortés lived here.
There are also claims that in this same place the famous torture of Cuauhtémoc took place. Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, and Tetlepanquetzaltzin, lord of Tlacopan, were forced to "confess" to the Spaniards where the supposed treasure of the Mexicas had been hidden. Supposedly their feet were burned until they gave up the location of the gold and other treasure. On the facade of the building there is a plaque that pays tribute "to the last Aztec king".
Since 1928 the building has been the headquarters of the Coyoacán Delegation and is a Historical Monument, declared so by the Colonial Monuments Department of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Categories. • Architecture • Colonial Era • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 96 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 12, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.