The Cabañas Cultural Institute in Guadalajara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed by architect Manuel Tolsá and built at the beginning of the 19th century, this is one of the oldest and largest charitable complexes of New Spain, designed to function as an orphanage as well as a home for the aged, the infirm and the destitute. In the early 20th century, the chapel was decorated with a series of murals by José Clemente Orozco.
The building was previously known as (and still often referred to as) the Hospicio Cabañas. In 1980 the building ceased to function as an orphanage and since that time has been used as a cultural center and museum. A visit to the Cabañas Cultural Institute is one of the highlights of a visit to Guadalajara.
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See the Hospicio Cabañas and more Guadalajara sights on our walking tour of Guadalajara.