Restoration of 16th Century Puebla Convent Completed with US Help

Photo: Mauricio Murat/INAH


The restoration of the mural paintings inside the cloister of the ex-Convent of Huaquechula in the central Mexican state of Puebla was completed this week, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced Monday, May 23.

The restoration project was co-financed by INAH, a division of Mexico’s Culture Secretariat, and the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

The solid structural stability of the cloister allowed the recovery of its original finishes, which date mostly from the 16th century, the INAH said.

Restoration of the convent, located in the town of San Martín de Tours, Puebla, began in 2018, and were completed this year, which marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of bilateral diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States.

The convent and its murals were badly damaged in the Sept. 19, 2017, earthquake.

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