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The House of Tiles

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Av Francisco I. Madero 4, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 1:00 AM

💸 Entrance Fee

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"One insider tip for visiting The House of Tiles in Mexico City is to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and fully appreciate the stunning mosaic work without too many distractions. Additionally, be sure to try the delicious Mexican cuisine at the on-site restaurant, Sanborns, which offers a unique dining experience within this historic building."

What is The House of Tiles?

The House of Tiles, or "Casa de los Azulejos" in Spanish, is a gem nestled in the heart of Mexico City. Picture this: a building swathed in the vivid reflections of blue and white Talavera tiles, each one telling the tale of Mexican craftsmanship. Now an iconic Sanborns restaurant, the building's colonial architecture mixed with the blue and white tile facade makes it stand out like a piece of art against the modern backdrop of the bustling city. Its inner courtyard, with a fountain at its center, and the murals inside, one of which was created by the renowned Mexican artist Orozco, are just as captivating as its legendary exterior.

History of The House of Tiles

Casa de los Azulejos, which dates back to the end of the 16th century, carries stories etched in time. Originally, it was the palace of the Counts del Valle de Orizaba, a prominent family during the colonial period. Around 1737, the countess had it covered with the talavera tiles from Puebla—a statement of wealth and also a practical choice to protect the facade from moisture. But legends are never simple; there's one that whispers through the tiles – a tale of the countess's defiant son who was chastised for his bohemian lifestyle and, in rebellion, swore to build a palace in a place where it would be ludicrous or impossible. The tiles, therefore, are said to represent his haughtiness, his promise fulfilled in the form of this grand structure.

When planning your tours in Mexico City don't forget to visit The House Of Tiles.

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Why is The House of Tiles Important?

The House of Tiles holds a dual significance. Firstly, it's a tangible reminder of Mexico's colonial history and European influence, which can be seen and felt in its baroque style and the ornate tiles. But it also embodies the spirit of Mexican tradition and the fusion that defines much of Mexico's cultural heritage. The building has played various roles throughout the years, including acting as a venue for an elite gentlemen's club and now as a restaurant and store. It stands as a testament to the evolution of the city itself, transitioning through social and political changes while retaining its stunning beauty and architectural integrity.

Things to do & see at The House of Tiles

Wander inside the House of Tiles, and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. Make sure to look up at the walls; some say only an eagle-eyed individual would catch the mesmerizing details. Take your time admiring the Orozco mural named "Omnisciencia" that graces the walls, a vibrant depiction of Mexican society not to be missed by art enthusiasts. Strolling through the ground floor, you’ll find an elegant dining space where you can enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine amidst historical grandeur.

Then, let your gaze climb to the grand staircase and let the beauty of the stained glass windows captivate you. It's a hidden detail many might overlook, but they illuminate the building in a spectrum of colors, casting a reflective dance on the walls throughout the day.

And here's a little-known secret: step outside to the rear of Casa de los Azulejos, and you'll find the often-missed exterior ceramic mural. It's a more contemporary piece, added long after the house was built, but it carries the essence of Mexican artistic innovation.

Whether you're dining, admiring the architecture, or indulging in the history, The House of Tiles is a location that doesn't just tell time; it tells a culture. Have you ever imagined dining within the walls where history echoes? Well, here, that becomes reality.

Visiting The House of Tiles is like stepping back in time and immersing yourself in the vibrant history of Mexico City. 

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Whether you are a history enthusiast, a lover of architecture, or simply looking for a unique cultural experience, The House of Tiles is a must-visit attraction that will leave you with lasting memories.

Frequently asked questions

What is the House of Tiles, and where is it located in Mexico City?

The House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos) is a historic palace located in the heart of Mexico City, on Francisco I. Madero Street. It is renowned for its distinctive blue-and-white tile façade.

Why is it called the House of Tiles?

The palace earned its name because of the thousands of blue and white tiles that cover its façade. These tiles create an intricate and beautiful mosaic pattern that is unique and iconic.

What is the historical significance of the House of Tiles?

The House of Tiles dates back to the 16th century and has a rich history. It was originally built for the Counts of Orizaba and later served as a gathering place for artists, intellectuals, and political figures. It is a symbol of Mexico's colonial heritage.

Is the House of Tiles open to the public?

Yes, the House of Tiles is open to the public. It houses a well-known restaurant that serves traditional Mexican cuisine. Visitors can dine in the historic courtyard surrounded by the beautifully tiled walls.

Can visitors explore the interior of the House of Tiles?

While the main attraction is the stunning façade and the restaurant, visitors can explore some parts of the interior. The palace has undergone various transformations over the centuries, and today, it houses a cultural center where occasional exhibitions and events take place.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Av Francisco I. Madero 4, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 1:00 AM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

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