The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Urban Development Directorate have notified more than 17 properties in various parts of San Cristóbal de Las Casas that are considered historical monuments.
“The INAH has completed the closure of murals and paintings in buildings that are considered historical monuments in the catalog of this institution as part of the architectural heritage of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.”
The INAH indicated that the San Cristóbal City Council is empowered to address the issue jointly with the federal institution as indicated by the Construction Regulations of the Municipality of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.
The INAH has its legal basis in the Federal Law of Historical Monuments and its regulations, in addition to the municipal regulations, and in the decree of December 4, 1986, where around 500 properties considered historical monuments of San Cristóbal de Las Casas are listed.
Since then, there have been paintings in 17 buildings in various parts of the city, and it will continue to be notified jointly with the municipal authority; It is a complex job, which includes an administrative part that takes a long time.
The authorities point out that there are affected areas, such as the El Cerrillo neighborhood, with approximately 50 percent damage to buildings.
The staff from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Municipal Urban Development Directorate closed last Friday morning the painting of a jaguar, located on the facade of a hotel in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, a fact that again caused controversy in some sectors of San Cristobal society.