Santiago de Queretaro
Santiago de Queretaro was founded in 1531, among bloody battles between native Indian and Spanish conquerors. Under the protection of the Apostle Santiago, who appeared in the skies in order to seal with his image the cultural mixture of which became the third colonial city of the XVIII century.
The historic downtown offers the visitor over 460 years of history and tradition through its aqueduct, temples, mansions and palaces that make of this city one of the most beautiful colonial spots.
History fills the essence and backs up the tradition of Santiago de Queretaro, where an important part of today's Mexico was forged. Its indoor and outdoor monuments constitute a real museum under the intense blue of Queretaro's sky.
Parallel to this historical environment is the fresh and fun Queretaro, offering attractive options of music to dance or listen, different sorts of live shows and a great variety of international an Mexican cuisine. The historic downtown callejoneadas (night promenades by the alleys or narrow streets) accompanied by estudiantinas or rondallas are famous, as well as the performances of music from all times by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Queretaro.
Queretaro City is characterized for its colonial architecture and its beauty. You shall not miss the city tour by trolley, a guided visit through the main sites, monuments, legends and most important issues of the city. There's no doubt that the tour in a Panoramic trolley will be a greater experience, traveling through the city in a lovely two story trolley.
Among the interesting places you can visit in Queretaro are:
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The Maths Museum, Ex-Convent of San Francisco Javier. Built between the late XVII and early XVIII centuries for the Jesuit friars to institute the Theology and Philosophy College; later converted into the Civil College, the University of Queretaro, the Central Preparatory School, the Language School, the Veterinary and Zoo technique Schools and finally the Philosophy and Letters School. Nowadays is the Maths Museum.
Convento de La Cruz There is a tree in the garden with cross-shaped thorns. This stately Convent is located in the site where the conquest of the City was consummated in July 25th, 1531 and it was headquarters of the first Propaganda Association in the American continent, whose mission was to evangelize the Indians. In 1867, one of the cells served as dormitory to the Archduke Maximiliano de Habsburgo and thereinafter was converted in his first prison. Through the years, this cloister has maintained its original architectural structure, therefore it is interesting to visit the kitchen, the cells and corridors. Shrine: opened Monday to Sunday, from 06:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:30 hrs. Convent: opened Tuesday to Friday, from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs.and Saturdays from 09:00 to 16:30 hrs.
The Baroque-Style Parish and Ex-Convent of San Agustin, currently the Art Museum Built around 1731 by the architect Mariano de las Casas and his master Fray Luis Martinez Lucio, it is a great example of baroque-style in Latin America. Located at the corner of Allende Street with Pino Suarez in the historic downtown; due to its architecture and great collection, it constitutes one of the most attractive visits in the city of Santiago de Queretaro. Timetable of the Museum: Tuesday thru Sunday from 10.00 to 19:00 hrs.
The Temple and Convent of San Francisco, currently the Regional Museum Belonged to the Real Holy Rose Association of Viterbo. The area where it is found currently was acquired by Juan Alonso and Antonia de Herrera. The architect from Queretaro Ignacio Mariano de las Casas, directed the plans and projects of all the set. He also designed the altarpieces of the baroque organ (1759) and of the repetition clock of the tower, first in Latin America. Contains paintings, sculptures and furniture date back from the XVIII century.
Regional Museum, Ex-Convent of Santa Rosa de Viterbo
"Casa de la Zacatecana" Museum This beautiful and legendary home from the XVII century distributed in two stories, 13 halls and 2 patios has turned into a great attractive of the city. You can admire several paintings, sculptures, mirrors and furniture from centuries XVII to XIX. Timetable of the Museum: Tuesday thru Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00 hrs.
The Baroque-Style Royal Convent of Santa Clara de Asis. Built in 1607 by order of Don Diego de Tapia, son of the peacemaker and founder of the City. It was one of the most important convents in the New Spain era.
The Government Palace, was the house of Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, the Magistrate's wife Located in the Plaza de Armas, this building was built in 1770 for the real families to live there as well as for prison. In this place important historical facts were carried out, such as the meetings conspiracy that provoked the Independence War, those which were encouraged by Lady Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, wife of the Correcting, Sir Miguel Dominguez. It is currently the Palace of Government, headquarters of the State executive branch.
Panteon de los Queretanos Ilustres. It was built in 1847 in the orchard of the "Convento de la Santa Cruz". In this cemetery illustrious historic personalities were buried from Queretaro, such as the Corrector Sir Miguel Dominguez and his wife. Timetable: Monday thru Sunday from 6:00 to 18:00 hrs.
"Plaza de la Independencia" or "Plaza de Armas" The Square of Independence is considered as one of the most beautiful in its type in the XVIII Century in Hispano-America, because of its Spaniard style, traditional porticoes, harmonic houses and mysterious ambience.
Casa de Don Bartolo. This house is a great example of the architecture and ornamentation of the 18th and 19th centuries. Inhabited by the Marques of Rayas, Don Bartolome Surdanneta y Legaspi, best known as "Don Bartolo, The Segovian". Actually it is housing the State's Education Ministry.
Cerro de las Campanas The Hill of the Bells and the City Museum is situated to the west of the City, where Maximiliano, Miramon and Mejia were shot during the Independence War. This place has great historical importance since it was stage of the conclusion of the fight between the Republic and the Empire. The Austrian Archiduque Maximiliano de Habsburgo, Emperor of Mexico, who was executed here with the generals Miguel Miramon and Tomas Mejia. In this place, the Imperial House of Austria financed the construction of a chapel in report of the Emperor. Now the hill has been converted into a beautiful park that counts on vast green areas, playgrounds, an artificial lake, theatre and a small museum called the City Museum which has two very important permanent exhibitions: the "Cultural Heritage of Humanity Hall" and the one devoted to the "Virgen del Pueblito". The Hill of the Bells name is due to the existence of stones, that upon beating them some with other, were issuing a sound similar to that of a bell. These disappeared with the years.
Timetable of the park: Monday to Sunday: 06:00 to 18:00 hrs. Timetable of the museum: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 14:00 hrs. Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00 hrs. and 15:30 to 18:00 hrs.
A Monument honoring Benito Juarez is located at the top of this hill.
In Queretaro City you can find a great variety of handicrafts such as ceramics, pottery, embroidery, silverwork, leatherwoods and jewelry.
Country clubs with
golf courses, tennis courts, horse riding trails and many other sport
facilities can be found in the surroundings of
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The main fairs and feasts celebrated in Santiago de Queretaro are:
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