is located to the north of the
State of Guanajuato,
federal highway 45 in Mexico.
In Pre-Hispanic times this region was originally inhabited by a diverse
variety of inus tribes, such as the Toltecas, Chichimecas and Guamares. The
Alfaro and Ibarrilla archaeological sites outside Leon, show that the most
ancient date back to the
Viceroy Don Martin Enriquez de Almanza originally founded Villa de Leon
on January 20, 1576 as a defense stronghold against attracts by the
Chichimeca tribe, Leon became a municipality in 1980, then officially became
a city in 1830
and given the name Leon de los Aldama. During the Mexican Independence
movement, Leon suffered economically, socially and politically.
Average annual temperature 17.9® C
Leon we find
the archaeological zone of Ibarillo, of Tarasco-Chupicuaro origin. Twenty-three Km. east
of Leon city you can visit Los Tanques and
La Granja Spas.
workers abandoned the mines in Guanajuato during handicraft and shoe
production began to take off. Leon prospered after the War of Independence
with an economic and population boom. This period of prosperity culminated
Agricultural and Livestock Exhibition of 1923. Today one may see the many
contrasts that exist in the city, such as beautiful colonial buildings along
side modern architecture and wide boulevards. These contrasts reflect a city
that is constantly progressing and growing.
known as the "Shoe Capital of the World". Here, there is a large
concentration of factories which produce high quality shoes and
This Cathedral dates back to 1975 and has interior chapels and a baroque
style facade. The Virgin of Light, patron saint of Leon since 1849 is
Our Lady of Angeles Church:
This church was built at the end of the 18th Century and is churrigueresque
The name of this square commemorates a local power struggle between
political factions which took place in 1946.
The square is surrounded on
three sides by beautiful neoclassic archways.
House of Culture:
This house was built during the middle of the 19th Century and has a
beautiful neoclassic quarry stone facade. The interior contains murals by
Built in 1893 to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the Mexican
Independence. The centerpiece of this neoclassic arch is a bronze lion which
was donated by local bullfighter Antonio Valdez.
This restaurant and bar is distinguished by is tables which are the
headstones of bullfighter who died in the bullring. It is considered a
museum as it contains a large collection of bullfighting history and
San Juan de Dios Church
This age old
romantic spot is regularly visited by local residents.
The gardens contain a variety of plants, orchid garden, greenhouse and
Over 2,000 animals are on display in this attractive park,
such as polar bears, panthers, pumas, tigers and lions. There is also a
lake with aquatic birds an a miniature train ride. Open Monday to Sunday
Explora Science Center Museums:
This interactive Science Center and park
is 9,500 square meters, it contains four large halls (Man, Water,
Communication and Movement), IMAX theater science classroom, workshops and
temporary exhibits. Open Tuesday to Friday.
Over 260 hectares for recreation, sports and enjoying
nature. The park has a pier, bicycle paths, train, rose garden, orchards,
vegetable gardens, picnic tables and camp grounds. Also available are
bicycle and boat rentals along with children's games. Open daily.
This bowling alley also contains a
domino room, pool tables, ping pong, foosball and coffee shop.
City Museum: This museum displays Modern Art exhibits, many of
which are by local artists,
open Tuesday of Friday 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. and 5:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m.
Historical City Archives and
objects from the Chupicuaro and Chichimeca cultures are on display here,
along with a variety of important historical documents, Open Monday to
Friday 7:30a.m. to 9:30p.m. Saturday 8:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Leon Zoo: Over 2000 animals are on display in this attractive park,
such as polar bears, panthers, pumas, tigers and lions. There is also a lake
with aquatic birds and an aviary. Also available are children's games, pony
rides and a miniature train ride. Open Monday to Sunday 10:00a.m. to
Explora Science Center:
This interactive Science Center and park
is 9,500 square meters. It contains four large halls (Man, Water,
Communication and Movement), IMAX theater, science classrooms, workshops and
temporary exhibits. Open Tuesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Park: Over 260 hectares for recreation, sports and
enjoying nature. The park has a pier, bicycle paths, train, rose garden,
orchards, vegetable gardens, picnic tables and camp grounds. Also available
are bicycle and boat rentals along with children's games. Open daily from
6:00a.m. to 8:00p.m
This bowling alley also contains a domino rooms, pool
tables, ping pong, foosball and a coffee shop.
Open Monday, Tuesday and
Friday 4:00p.m to midnight, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00a.m. to
Celebrations and Festivals:
Leon Fair: Held from the
first two weeks in January to the week in February. This fair
is one of the most important in the country and year draws thousands of
Mexicans and foreigners alike. The most important date of the fair is
January 20, when the founding of the city is celebrated. The Leon Fair is
both industrial and commercial and offers livestock exhibits, handicraft
displays and a variety foods.
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