The Ciudadela is an often forgotten area on the Southwestern edge of downtown.
Best known for its handicraft market, this was the starting point of the Mexican
Revolution of 1910. Originally the headquarters of the King’s Royal Tobacco Factory,
the installations were recently renovated and today the Ciudadela building is a
peaceful oasis housing an unfinished mural by Angel Zárraga and half a dozen libraries,
including 5 stellar works of Mexican architects capturing the personalities of the owners’
collections they bear.
We will visit several collections, talk about the history of the plaza and its multiple uses today – it doubles as an outdoor danzon dance site, the new home of a renovated photographic archive-museum, as well as the city’s acclaimed handicraft market.