reading in jail

forgive me, i searched for the name of this place for approximately 17 minutes to no avail and that was about all the patience i had for it so...

it was built as a prison in the 17th century but now serves as a public library in the middle of puebla, mexico. i don't know much else about it but that kind of adds to the intrigue. did prisoners used to sleep where stacks of books are now housed? did guards shoot bullets from the towers you walk under on your way to lunch? what was that big courtyard for? i don't know but it certainly is impressive.

photos: j. kurtz