The dazzling mural of Tlaxcala City which captivated the world


On the walls of the Government Palace in the city of Tlaxcala is one of the most important works of the artistic movement that began to consolidate 100 years ago and that distinguished the country worldwide: Mexican muralism.

This mural, named The history of Tlaxcala and its contribution to the Mexicans through time, is unique not only for its large dimensions, which cover more than 450 square meters of walls on the ground floor and the stairwell leading to the second floor of the Government Palace of Tlaxcala but in itself is an individual feat of the master Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin, who from 1956 to 2001 painted most of the scenes that capture the history of territory considered the cradle of miscegenation in Mexico: Tlaxcala.

Currently, the municipality promotes that visitors can enjoy the magnificence of this work without restrictions, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, including holidays. The Tlaxcalan capital is 1.4 hours from CDMX and half an hour from Puebla.

There is increasing international recognition of this mural whose technique, like that of the prestigious Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, or David Alfaro Siqueiros, is Fresco, that is, wet plaster on the walls to which the master Desiderio applied materials natural –such as minerals, nopal slime, Portland cement–, but he was also able to use acrylic paints, which according to the expert tour guide in this work, Leopoldo Gamboa, “was able to make compositions that provided greater vividness in their colors and at the same time greater resistance.


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