A Piece of Acapulco History

January 29, 2013

Seeing Acapulco's Our Lady of Solitude Cathedral is an unusual experience. When you catch the first glance at a distance, you’ll think it belongs more in Moscow than Acapulco with its onion-dome looking tower tops. But that unusual Byzantine-style architecture is just the beginning of what you'll encounter in traversing a bit of Acapulco's cultural heritage. As you travel through the city, taken by private guide, you'll also encounter the Fort of San Diego - originally constructed in 1616, it overlooks Acapulco Bay and once served as a staging point for forces protecting trade between Mexico and the Philippines from Dutch and British pirates. Now decidedly less military in nature, what was once the most critical armed outpost of Spain in the Eastern Pacific currently houses Acapulco's museum of history, and includes rich exhibits detailing the history of Spanish expansion and exploration in the Pacific, as well as an abundance of information about the history of Mexico, complete with archeological artifacts demonstrating the link this area once had with its Olmec and Mayan roots. You can round out your trip through the past with a viewing of historic artwork. Located on the side of the Casa Dolores Olmedo (named after the home's previous occupant, once the largest collector of Diego Rivera's work), you'll view a sixty-off foot long mural created by Rivera, depicting the Aztec gods Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc (respectively, the feathered serpent and the rain and fertility god). The mural's vibrant riot of colors is a feast for the eyes, and is certain to impress with its bright blues, green, reds, and yellows. This experience will drive home the rich history and culture that Acapulco has to offer, and give you a much deeper feel for what the city has to offer.

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