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Chiapas comes from the Nahuatl compound word “Chia” and “Apan” meaning “in the river”, that is to say “Chia River”.


Surrounding States: 

N – OaxacaVeracruz and Tabasco

E – Tabasco and Guatemala

S – Guatemala

W – Pacific Ocean


Created:  September 11, 1824                           Chiapas - Wikipedia

State Capital: 

Villa Real de Chiapa (San Cristobal)  1824 – 1833

Tuxtla Gutierrez                                  1833 – 1848

San Cristobal                                      1848 – 1858

Tuxtla Gutierrez                                  1858 – 1859

San Cristobal                                      1859 – 1892

Tuxtla Gutierrez                                  1892 – present


Highest Point :  13,386 feet ( 4000 metres ) – Volcan Tacana

Lowest Point:  0 feet ( sea level ) – Pacific Ocean


Government / Legislative Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) – Tuxtla Gutierrez


Location:  NE – Avenida Central Oriente / 1a Calle Oriente Norte

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story yellow-white coloured concrete structure. The square shaped building is located on the east side of the Plaza Civica in the centre of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Colonia Centro. The west front entrance faces onto the Plaza Civica. The roof line is flat. The building houses the Governor’s Office and the State Congress (Congreso del Estado) which is located on the second story.


Justice Palace (Palacio de Justicia) – Tuxtla Gutierrez



Location:  Boulevard Salonon Gonzales Blanco 29049 / Avenida Rosa de Ote

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a five white coloured concrete structure. The building is located in the El Brosque district to the northeast of the centre of Tuxtla Gutierrez. The building is a triangular shape with the northeast corner having a round tower. The entrance on the southwest side, has a large panel of glass. The roof line is flat. There is a small park along the southwest side of the building. The Justice Palace (Palacio de Justicia) houses the Tribunal Superior de Justicia.


Old Justice Palace – Tuxtla Gutierrez


Old Justice Palace (Palacio de Justicia) is located on the southeast corner of Calle Central Sur and Avenida 2a Sur Oriente in the city centre.


Old Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) – San Cristobal



Location:  Plaza 31 de Mayo

Built:  1863 – 1865

Style:  Neoclassical

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story white coloured structure. The building is located on the west side of the Plaza 31 de Mayo in the centre of San Cristobal. Built in 1863, the building has been rebuilt several times and briefly served as the Government Palace from 1863 to 1892 when the capital was moved to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Along the front of the rectangular shaped building are arches with a covered walkway. The centre rises to a wide pediment with clock at the roof line. On the north side is a large plaza and on the west side are gardens. The building serves as the Palacio Municipal and is the.Old Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno).



Government Palace



Justice Palace











Old Goverbment Palace – San Cristobal







Photos taken 2006