Downtown Walking Tour of el Salvador Street

An historically important but oft forgotten street, Republica de el Salvador is lined with small but none-the-less important buildings, many of which have been converted into cultural institutions. These include the Mexico-Israel Cultural Center, originally a tenement as samples of the original walls attest; the Lerdo de Tejada Library with its spectacular murals by Russian born Mexican muralist Vlady; the still-functioning first hospital founded in the Americas in 1524 by Hernan Cortes; and the nearby Jesus of Nazareth Church where Hernan Cortes is supposedly buried and where an obscure, unfinished mural by Jose Clemente Orozco inspired by the Apocalypse decorates its dome.

We will end our walk at the Mexico City Museum, originally the home of the Count of Calimaya, which boasts a prehispanic cornerstone sculpture of a serpent’s head as well as the former studio of Mexican impressionist painter Joaquin Clausell, whose walls are covered by over a thousand striking sketches and oil paintings – a secret, well-preserved and moving collection of Mexico’s impressionism at its best.

This unusual, eclectic walking tour takes about 3 hours.