Cloister of La Merced built in 17th century converted into a museum
Built by the first Spanish friars of Mercedarian order who arrived in Mexico, La Merced Cloister is considered one of the first and most beautiful religious buildings in Mexico and Latin America by its Mudejar style, soon to be a museum.
The History of the cloister of the old convent La Merced in Mexico City is full of ups and downs throughout time, was saved from demolition after the religious left him because of the reform laws in the years of 1855 and 1863,stage of monastic life, but also passionate loves, also served as a military barracks, warehouse, canteen and shelter was an educational adventure for children and workers sculptors, hosting school that gave rise to the art school now known as "La Esmeralda".
The building, declared Historical Monument on June 13, 1932, occupies two thousand 400 square meters and it is performed engineering work, replacement of electrical and sanitary installations, so that in successive phases start restoring arches and columns carved in stone.
Currently the cloister, is one of the few examples of Mudejar style in a colonial building preserved in Mexico, is now restored by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH), to be reopened as the National Centre for Apparel, Textile Design and Music.
For the purpose of expanding by about 80 percent the space for the exhibition of collections are in plans to put a modern tempered glass cover over the courtyard, which also protects the building from contamination and weather.
The museum script will be the history of clothing and folk music of Mexico from the Conquest to the present day, through representative pieces from the collections of museums of the Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico. Will also feature the latest in lighting technology and temperature control for conservation of objects.
The Institute of Anthropology of Mexico in 2010 undertook the restoration of the cloister of the former Convent of La Merced, to accommodate there the National Centre for Apparel, Textile Design and Music, and is expected to be opened before the current President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa leaves President office in December 2012.