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Facade of the Posada La Mariquinta

Located in the historical Center, on the "Hill of Alfaro", the Posada la Mariquinta is one of the rare intact examples of the colonial XVIIIth Century architecture in Xalapa. According to found documents, it was constructed before 1775. and has remained by chance through centuries without losing its original characteristics. By presidential decree of 1985, this residence of 1800 square meters has been declared a historical monument. Fortunately and to the delight of visitors, the successive owners have made an strong effort to conserve its originality.

Formerly well-known as "the House of Alfaro", it had been finished in era in which Don Manuel Nicolas de Ulloa and Figueroa projected the "Town of the Great Fair of Xalapa" (1776). Its walls are more than a meter of thickness and the distribution of its rooms, the direct access to an ample back patio, everything evokes the triple use of the facilities in those times of "Fairs": housing, a warehouse for overseas goods and corrals for "recuas" of the pack animals.

Documents are not known that tie it to Jose Maria Alfaro - mentioned twice in "the old and modern History of Jalapa and the revolutions of the State of Veracruz" (1869) - a figure who had engineering knowledge that repaired the Cathedral clock, manufactured in London in 1778, and who also received orders from the City council to construct the stages necessary to celebrate in Xalapa the solemn proclamation of Fernando VII as King of Spain. Also Don Jose Maria Alfaro is mentioned as being one of the constructors of the first aerostatic balloon that flew over Xalapa. Given to his privileged location and the elevated view from its garden that dominates the city, it is highly probable that "the House of Alfaro" has been used like departure and observation point of the aerostatic experiments in Xalapa.(*)

(*) LA GAZETA DE MEXICO, p. 82, Thursday, 19 of May of 1784
"It was made in this Town a aerostatic Globe, similar to the one reported in the last Gazetas of Madrid, worked by D. Josef Maria Alfaro: it consists as of 18 Castilian twigs and it is beleived that it has the effect that is desired, according to the adjustment and care of whereupon it has been constructed: this shall be reported to the public.(sic) p.82, Wednesday, 19 of May of 1784

(*) Source Carmen Boone Canovas - With gratefulness from Posada La Mariquinta 


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