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Hacienda La Venta del Astillero tidies itself up for tourism influx

All but forgotten and hidden away inside the little town of La Venta del Astillero can be found an ancient arch which for centuries welcomed visitors traveling to Guadalajara via the famed Camino Real (Royal Highway). 

Alongside the arch, equally well hidden behind high walls, stands a proud old hacienda, which in 1880 Fray Antonio Alcalde, the bishop of Guadalajara, donated to the priests operating the Belen Hospital, today known as the Hospital Civil.

Ownership of the hacienda then passed through several hands, including those of Mexican historian Ricardo Lancaster-Jones (1905-1983) until it was taken over by the present owner, Joaquín Romero whose son Juan Manuel recently announced plans to open the venerable building’s doors to tourism.










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