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Leona Vicario House

Free

classification

Historical houses, Book Stores

schedule

Mon
10:00-16:00
Tue
10:00-16:00
Wed
10:00-16:00
Thu
10:00-16:00
Today
10:00-16:00
Sat
Closed
Sun
Closed

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55 29 42 94 57 72 22 42

How to get

República de Brasil #37, Col. Centro. 06020, Historic Center

in detail

Leona Vicario was one of the most important figures in the War of Independence; she was an informant and funded the insurgency. The house has a history prior to when she lived in it. In 1526 it was donated to the Dominican order for them to live in while the building work on the church and convent, located opposite, was finished. In 1571 it belonged to Juan Velásquez de Salazar, ruler of New Spain, who leased the facilities to the Holy Office until it was abolished in 1813 and the Lottery headquarters was established there.

In 1822 it was decided to honor the fallen heroes in the war and reward those who still lived, as was the case of Leona Vicario. Her participation in the war was repaid with the Hacienda of Ocotepec in the state of Hidalgo and two houses in Mexico City, one of which was República de Brasil #37, where she lived with her husband Andrés Quintana Roo until his death in 1842. Today it is the Coordinación Nacional de Literatura and has a library with one of the largest collections specializing in Mexican literature and a documentary area consisting of pictures, audios, videos and periodical notes by Mexican writers.

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