C. Cabanas 8

Las FresaS

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Status: Former Home for the Poor, Former Orphanage, Former Humanitarian House of Compassion; Culture,  Art Center & Museum



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At the beginning the 18th Century (1701) the Colonial Bishop Cabanas – whom the building would eventually be named after – had the original building created as a home for the poor, disabled and everyone else who could find no other place in society.

In 1796 the entire institution needed a complete overhaul and construction was began on the building standing today. In 1810 the building would open with no expense spared. At this time the building was called Casa de la Caridad y la Misericordia (House of Charity and Compassion).

Almost immediately the Mexican War of Independence began and the Colonial Army took over the building as its headquarters. When the war ended – and the Spanish Colonial powers were kicked out – the building was returned to its charitable uses. Eventually, it would be converted to a Hospicio – an orphanage.

There are also unconfirmed stories the building was used as an insane asylum at some point of its long history.

In the 1930’s the State of Jalisco commissioned the artist Jose Clemente Orozco to paint the fresco murals inside the buildings. The paintings depicted the history of Mexico plus some fairly dark and disturbing murals depicting the future of humanity.

In the 1980’s the building was converted into a world famous heritage center for the arts and culture. It is open to public and be toured by anyone.


Paranormal Activity

This building was/is one the largest and oldest hospital complexes in all of the New World.

There is a legend of a large clock that was in the building that stopped every time a child died in the orphanage. This said to have been the first clock in the city of Guadalajara.

The clock is said to have frightened the staff of the institution so badly it was eventually removed. Legend says the Devil, itself, imprisoned the souls of the children trapped by the clock. The tormented souls of these children – trapped in a Purgatory between life and death – eternally haunt the building and grounds.

The ghosts of these children are why this complex is considered one of the most haunted places not just in Mexico but in all of the Americas. Apparitions of children are seen throughout the building and grounds; some with completely black eyes and some with glowing red eyes. The phantom screams of the children’s tortured souls are often heard. An energy of horror – some would say pure evil – surrounds this building.

Other people report being touched by unseen entities; but only at knee to waist height where a child would be. The unseen ghosts of the children will sometimes try to grab your hand and try to lead you away.

They say no ever feels alone here – there is always someone, or something watching you.