Saturday was Cinco De Mayo, a holiday that many Americans celebrate, but don’t really know the significance of the day.  Cinco De Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. According to Houzz, “The French intervention in Mexico lasted only six years — from 1861 to 1867 — but the influence of the French on Mexican culture was more far reaching.” Houzz examines the impact the French colonial and baroque styles had on Mexican architecture.

Take a look at 5 ways the French influenced Mexican architecture and design, via Houzz.

1. “Large windows and French doors”

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2. “Gilded Accents”

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3. “Large Staircases”

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4. “New facade materials”

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5. “Door Reliefs”

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