Cuauhnáhuac, renamed Cuernavaca (‘cow horn’) by the Spaniards, is considered ‘the city of eternal spring’ due to its pleasant climate. Characterized both by Spanish colonial buildings and original Aztec and Teotihuacán constructions, Cuernavaca is home to the famous Palace of Cortes, completed in 1535 as a residence for the Spanish conquistador. With its battlements and defence towers, the building has an undeniably martial look. However, the avant-corps features a two-story, open-air arcade that gives the structure a somewhat odd look.

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Church and Borda Gardens
Mexico, Morelos, Cuernavaca
Study, gouache, on studio paper
Credit: Frédéric Back
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