Saltillo is the capital of the State of
Coahuila and is located
869 km from Mexico City
by way of Federal Highways 57 and 45. It is a old
colonial city, founded in 1575. Its name is descriptive of a small waterfall
that comes from a spring at the location where the city was first founded.
has been received various nicknames throughout the years. One is "Las Atenas de
Mexico" (the Athens of Mexico), due to the great thinkers that it has given to the
country and because of the important cultural and educational centers here. Others are
"La Ciudad del Clima Ideal" (The City of Perfect Climate), because of the
wonderful weather the city has almost year round and
"La Tierra del Sarape" (the
Land of the Serape), since the Serape, one of the most representative and well-known
articles of clothing from Mexico, originated here.
The industrial agriculture and commercial
activities, as well as its many tourist attractions, have made
Saltillo into one of the
best places to visit in north Mexico. The architectural heritage of Saltillo
is reflected in the large number of buildings constructed of pink quarry and
main attractions are:
which is one of the
most beautiful baroque buildings in the country. A true
architectural jewel dedicated to the apostle Santiago el Mayor. Its
construction, as a church, began in 1945, but was later denominated as the
Cathedral of Saltillo in 1891.
Faith, religious life and art have been present in this
architectural jewel for more than centuries. The Spanish symbolism of
burying three gold coins as an offering in the construction of buildings
was the basis of what today adorns its ceilings and walls. A religious,
cross-shaped architecture that manifests its beauty on its facade; it is a
perfect union between God and man. Magnificent strokes of oil on canvas,
meticulous sculptures in each corner. Elements consciously worked in all
of its art and decoration are observed along the length and width of the
Devotion and fervor are brought together in the Stations of the
Cross, from Belgium; the exquisite work of the antique pulpit; splendid
paintings from the Viceroyalty and Colonial Periods like La Sagrada Familia
and La Virgen de Guadalupe y sus apariciones, that reflect the artistic
skill of don Jose de Alcibar. Baroque altarpieces and a multitude of
Salomonic columns topped b the Conch of the Apostle Santiago adorn the
San Juan Nepomuceno Temple,
This neoclassical Jesuit building from the nineteenth century preservers
in its interiors oil paintings by Father Gonzalo Carrasco, evangelical
sculptures and a mural
of the life of San Juan.
Nueva Tlaxacala Plaza,
Symbolizing the mixture of Tlaxcalteca and Spanish culture which gave from
to what is now Saltillo, this beautiful esplanade is located behind
the Government Palace.
El Liceo de las Artes
El Casino de Saltillo,
Built in Greco-Roman
style with neo-classical details, this beautiful building, originally
named Casino Militar, was built in 1870. After surviving the
the revolution, it now acts as a meeting place for the Saltillan society.
The Del Sagrado Corazon de
Jesus Chapel (1910)
Venustiano Caranza Museum,
Located inside the Government Palace, the two-story museum displays a
collection of photography, furniture, documents, objects and a video of
the political lives of famous figures.
Teatro Garcia Carrillo
Built from stone in the first decade of the twentieth century, it is named
in honor of the former governor Antonio Garcia Carrillo. Now it is a space
where local artists demonstrate their quality works.
The San Esteban Church
with its original facade
The Neo-Gothic style
Coahila Institute of Culture
Recently remodeled, this building was once and old mansion.
It now houses
a cafe, library, and exhibition halls where temporary exhibits of
paintings, sculptures, drawings and other art forms are held
The Government Palace
where there are some murals depicting the political history of the State, painted
by Salvador Tarazona.
The University of Saltillo
with French-style architecture
Picturesque shopping center where one can buy anything
from the most typical candy to traditional craftwork such as shawls, suits
San Esteban Temple,
This church has great historic value. It
was built in 1592 when the town of
San Estebas de la Nueva Tlaxcala,
inhabited by the Tlaxcaltecans, was founded. Later, in 1847, during the
Angostura, it was used as a hospital.
The Gallery of History
The Plaza de Armas (the
Main Square), which has a fountain made of cast bronze nymphs,
An emblematic point of reference where the
history, art and faith of this area come together, making it a must see
during your visit here.
The Zaragoza Park,
monument honoring Ignacio Zaragoza, Venustiano Carranza,
and Manuel Acu®a, is the main
green area of Saltillo. It is an important park where poplars and ash
trees are surrounded by paths of paving stones, creating an
ideal atmosphere for relaxation and amusement
El Museo de las Aves (Bird
Museum) de Mexico,
Inaugurated in 1993, this modem cultural space enriches and symbolizes our
country and shows us, in spacious rooms, the value, diversity and
spectacle of the universe of birds.
unmistakable place of amusement surrounded by gardens with palm trees.
sculpture by Jesus Contreras stands out in its centre honoring the memory
of the Saltillan poet, Manuel Acu®a.
El Museo de las Ciencias y
Tecnologia El Chapulin
Ojo de Agua Church,
The construction of this modest church began in 1894 by local townspeople
who were motivated by their devotion to the blessed Christ and the
waterfall from which Saltillo received its name. Construction was
completed in 1917.
Vito Alessio Robles Cultural Center,
This center preserves a large and valuable book collection, as well as
personal objects of this renowned historian. The murals in the central
patio stand out as well as the filmed works of Elena Huerta.
there are temporary exhibits featuring sculptures paintings and
Purcell House / Cultural Center Saltillo XXI Century,
With a Tudor entranceway, this beautiful
work of architecture was done in a classic Irish style at the wishes of
its owner, Guillermo Purcell, who was originally from Ireland.
serves as a cultural center.
Ruben Herrera Museum,
This museum exhibits the exemplary works of art of this Zacatecan master.
His drawings and paintings are surrounded by the neocolonial style of this
seventeenth century mansion.
San Francisco Temple,
An example of the spiritual fervor of its inhabitants,
church dates back to the nineteenth century and gives life to the San
Francisco plaza/garden where a sculpture of the well-known Saltillan
bullfighter, Fermin Espinosa "Armillita Chico" is located.
This mansion remains an authentic fountain of handcrafted
originality where, inside, we can bear witness to how imagination gives
form to the most creative garment of this state.
Mexico Scenic Lookout,
A point from where the city, in all its splendor, can
be admired and in 1847 was witness to the staging of the Beatle of
Angustura by U.S. troops.
Santa Anita Barrio,
Recently transformed, this traditional
and historical central neighborhood boasts its picturesque spaces which
are now more attractive than ever. The small streets, Miraflores and
Manuel Moreno, among others, have been renovated to restore their colonial
This perfect natural space for relaxing
under the abundant protection of ash and poplar trees offers us places
such as the Lake of the Republic, the State Public Library and historic
vision inspiring sculptures.
The Normal School,
Modest building from the end of the
nineteenth century where, behind its pink stone walls, illustrious men
have come forth to contribute to the cultural image of the city.
The Commercial Academy and the Fernando Soler Theater,
built in the XIX century,
In memory of the actor who was born in
this capital, this refuge of cultural expressions boasts a group of Greek
symbols crowned with a frieze of the Goddess Ceres on its facade.
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Precious gothic style religious work
where the history of the nineteenth century endures in its stone
This recently constructed building has a
somber facade of stone and ionic column a characteristic seal of the city.
Central Public Library,
This cultural building with
a simple stone entranceway and ornamentation decorating its upper portion
houses numerous reference materials.
Walkway gardens in front of the building
welcomes visitors and highlights a mural by Gonzalez Camarena. This
building is a symbol of the local governmental bodies.
Maintaining an architectural style that
harmonizes with the adjacent buildings, assembly meetings have taken place
under its roof for more than two decades.
Plaza of the Twin Cities,
Pleasing space integrated to highlight
the fraternal bond that unites Saltillo with the city of Austin, Texas,
among others. A sculpture of the Saltillan poet Manuel Acuña stands out in
Old Train Depot,
outlined with shapes similar to those of
a factory, this vestige from 1883 was once witness to the railroad line
that connected the city of Saltillo with Mexico City.
New Legislative Palace,
This fairly new building, with its
powerful image in accord with its function, concludes the tour of this
Saltillo Technological Institute,
Since the mid-twentieth century, inside the
walls of this
impressive work of classical architecture is where the brilliant minds of
Saltillans have been developed.
its stone facade is abundantly decorated,
which makes it one of
the most admired attractions.
Unique and beautiful pedestrian structure that connects
buildings of the university.
It perfectly adorns the
area with its artistic de tails.
Over the last
137 years, since its founding in 1867, this most respected and cared for
institution has given the light of knowledge to a countless number of
figures of culture, science and politics. Its enormous contribution was so
that the city would be considered the "Athens of the North" and its
recognition of don Juan Antonio de la Fuente, the precursor of the
project, give rise to the prestigious name of the university. Valuable
murals and a gallery with a collection of Mexican art are treasured in
side this art deco style building.
This work of engineering 5 a faithful
reflection of the city's state-of-the-art and functional street system.
Its construction earned it the "Civil Work of Infrastructure at a National
Level 2002" award.
Las Maravillas Metropolitan Park,
The recreational and cultural complex
has been converted into a great attraction for families and visitors of
the city. The Desert Museum and the Las Maravillas Auditorium for large
events stand out within its spacious grounds made up of green areas and
Desert of Coahuila Museum,
Converted into the best center of
cultural promotion for the deserts of northeastern Mexico, the museums
modern facilities are divided into four pavilions that spectacularly and
in an interactive manner, present the coexistence of the flora and fauna
in the desert environment.
Shooters of the North,
Recreational club, which also holds
competitions for skeet shooting (the shooting of animals is prohibited).
The only one of its kind, since it has three skeet areas, Sporting, 5
Stand, trap and capacity for 65 shooters.
It is a private club, but guests
can be accommodated with prior notification.
Saltillo you can buy
beautiful handicrafts such as shawls, small rugs, wool blankets, leather items,
The State Fair is
celebrated from July 23rd to August 6th. The main regional cuisine dishes are prepared
with baby goat.
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