Seminario 12 is a palatial house in the heart of the historic center, built in 1626 atop the remains of the ceremonial temple of Tezcatlipoca. The house is located on Calle del Seminario; this street and Calle de la Moneda are part of the urban nucleus of Mexico City known as Plaza Mayor. In the immediate vicinity are the most influential civil and religious institutions from the colonial period including the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Casa de la Moneda and Casa de la Primera Imprenta (House of First Printing), the Catedral Metropolitana and many others.
The house has had many interesting owners in its nearly 400 years, from being a family home, to a convent and later, a seminary college. In the early twentieth century, the house has been occupied by a variety of commercial establishments but was declared a historic monument in 1933. The current owners took over the property, in disrepair, in 1988 and have since restored it to its former glory.
Seminario 12 will give you the opportunity to have a glimpse into the city’s past and the society that inhabited it through the contrast of change and permanence on view in the property and its surroundings.