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The Source of the Risco

Step inside the Museum Casa del Risco (once owned by the historian and politician Don Isidro Fabela), and you’ll find a gorgeous fountain attached to one of the walls. The elaborate structure is covered with exquisite porcelain plates and cups, as well as mirrors and mother-of-pearl shells.

There’s a good reason for the fountain’s eclectic assortment of decorations. When it was built in the 18th century, it was so expensive to have decorated tableware that when a plate or a cup broke, the owners used the pieces as decorative ornaments. At this particular house, that tradition was used to form a magnificent fountain.

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