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The Capilla Alfonsina is the former home of writer and diplomat, Alfonso Reyes. In the La Condesa neighborhood, today the museum is operated by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBAL). The name is also used by the library system of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon.
The home was designed by architect Carlos Rousseau based on a drawing made by Reyes. Construction finished in 1939. Reyes and his wife occupied the home for the next 20 years.
The home was famously nicknamed the Alfonsina Chapel by Spanish writer and translator, Enrique Diez-Canedo. This was to commemorate the many literary events and gatherings that took place here.
The Capilla Alfonsina is also a center for literary studies and the frequent site of conferences and seminars.
The library contains volumes of literature, history, and art, and the most notable part of it is the personal collection of Alfonso Reyes. The collection also includes photography, documents, paintings, lithographs, and objects from the author’s life and that of his family.
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment.