Discovering some of the secrets hidden behind the seemingly interminable doors and walls of Colonial Mexico is an ongoing challenge. It’s true, I have a thing about doors, windows and door knobs.
Much of Mexico’s magic architecture shows itself as the great walls, doors and windows that you see when you are out walking the streets. Heavily influenced by Spain with a hint of French in places there’s some intricate and interesting walls, doors and windows.
In the historic centres of Colonial Mexico there are thousands of doors behind which there are literally thousands of courtyards and homes of distinction. Many are restored to their former colonial state, with facades of color, windows and doors framed by handcrafted ironwork and made of hewn wood.
The interior roofs are flat, often with decks where one can relax.
Very few structures have atriums or front yards; instead, open private space is behind the main facade in courtyards. These courtyards house magnificent private gardens protected from dust, excess water and crime.
We loved finding our way to these mysterious and curious Mexican apartments behind the high walls and closed doors… Each time we arrived at our new place we stared at the big blank door in wonderment and asked ourselves;