Hotel Casa Grande Wall – Taxco, Mexico - Atlas Obscura

Hotel Casa Grande Wall

A wall of this old hotel was decorated with drawings made of pebbles during its construction.  


Taxco de Alarcón is known as a Mexican viceregal city where most of its constructions date from the New Spain Baroque period. At that time, those who could not afford to have elaborate facades carved in quarry asked to decorate the walls with illustrations made with pebbles at the time of construction.

According to the history of the Hotel Casa Grande, the property dates back to 1571. It was the site where the hero of independence, Morelos, kept a barracks, and the revolutionary Emiliano Zapata had another. The funny thing is a side facade that many tourists ignore.

The wall overlooks the tiny alley of Nogal. Once through the busy traffic of the main avenue, it is possible to see each of the details in detail. Most are shapeless figures and initials of those who made them. Although it was a viceregal tradition, the details seem to be from the 20th century. Another example of this type of decoration can be seen at La Casa del Diablo in Cholula, Puebla.

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