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Casa de Cultura de Tamaulipas

Photo: ©INAH

The Casa de Cultura de Tamaulipas is a cultural and community center in the west of the Centro Histórico, It’s just across the street from the Parque de la Ciudadela and the Ciudadela Artisan Market. Today the center is especially used for local cultural events, especially music and book-related events, aimed at the City’s considerable Tamaulipas community.

In fact, it was residents of Mexico City originally from Tamaulipas, in Mexico’s northeast, who created and funded the Casa. The house was actually moved, brick by brick, from a spot on today’s calle Venustiano Carranza, just across Eje Central. That street was widened in the 1940s. And beginning in 1959, it was partially re-assembled here under the direction of architect Vicente Urquiaga y Rivas. It then stood partly abandoned for more than 30 years. Tamaulipas residents expressed an interest in restoring the property. With help from the Federal government, they got their cultural center up and running in 1998 when it officially opened.

The building dates from the mid-18th century. It was continually occupied until the 1940s when a descendent of the Marquis donated it and paid to have it moved and mostly rebuilt. It had long been known as the Casa de la Marquis de Guadalupe, and as the Casa de Captain Zulueta. Some historians have attributed the home to the Marquis de San Miguel de Aguayo, most likely referring to José María de Valdivieso y Vidal de Lorca (1787-1836). He was one of the signatories of the 1821 Plan of Iguala (which ended Mexico’s colonial relationship with Spain), and a high official under Agustín de Iturbide.

The Patronato de la Casa de Cultura de Tamaulipas took over the site in 1995. With four multi-purpose rooms and a central courtyard the site today hosts conferences, exhibitions, book presentations, training courses and other cultural activities.

  • The name "Tamaulipas" comes from the Huastec language. "Tamaholipa" means "place of the high mountains."
  • The state is crossed by the Tropic of Cancer, and borders Texas (USA) to the north, and Veracruz and San Luis Potosí to the south. Nuevo León makes up most of its western border, and the Gulf of Mexico lies to the east.
  • The 2010 population was 2,268,554 inhabitants (INEGI), about 2.9% of the national population.
  • The state has abundant beaches and supports a strong seafood industry
  • The capital is Ciudad Victoria, but the biggest city is Reynosa.
  • Inland, much of the state's territory is dedicated to cattle and cotton cultivation.

How to get here


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Parque de la Ciudadela

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Mesón del Cid

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Las Tapas de San Juan

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Teatro Metropólitan

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Parque de la Ciudadela

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Old Christ Church, Articulo 123

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Plaza de Santos Degollado

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Calle López

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