considered one of the oldest and biggest
hospital complexes in Spanish America, the Hospicio Cabanas in
Guadalajara, Mexico has become a World Heritage Site, founded in
1791 by the bishop of Guadalajara so that the church could
combine various functions under one roof, like the hospital,
almshouse, workhouse and orphanage. The complex would receive
its name from the see of Guadalajara in 1796 and had a well
known architect from Mexico City, named Manuel Tolsa design it.
The hospital would be completed in 1829, and serve as a military
barracks during the mid-19th century, and revert to a hospital
that would continue serving until 1980, when the Cabanas
Cultural Institute moved into it. The prominent draw to visit
here are the many monumental frescoes that had been created by
Jose Clemente Orozco, that included his most famous work, the
Man of Fire.