Guest Post: Exploring Queretaro City, Mexico.
Dear readers: The following article is a guest-written post about a country I haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting — Mexico! It seems crazy since this country is one of only two that border my own, but hey. I’ll get to it eventually. Since you know I have this terrible habit of quitting my “real” jobs, this post is an example of a way I am monetizing this blog without introducing a bunch of pop-up videos and floating ads and all of that junk. When a post is guest-written, I will always let you know in the title, and I will do my best to make sure the post is interesting and informative. Enjoy this trip to Queretaro!
Queretaro City is located in the Queretaro region of Mexico. This ancient colonial town is known for its large cathedral, its colourful colonial houses and its many plazas.
When walking around the city’s historic district visitors will be able to see its many colonial houses, churches and convents. Several walking tours and tours by trolley are organized around the city center.
Queretaro City is the city where the current Mexican Constitution was signed. The constitution was drafted in the Republican Theatre, and the national anthem was first played in this historical building.
The Museum of Arts is located in the cloister of the baroque Saint Augustine’s Church, in the historic city center. There are fifteen exhibition halls and many conferences and events are celebrated there.
The Queretaro City Museum is located in the ancient Capuchin Convent. The inside of the museum is decorated with figures of Saints, and there are several art exhibitions in the halls and patios.
The city’s Cathedral is the oratorio de San Felipe de Neri. This baroque cathedral is known for its columns and the pink stone and volcanic stone that decorate part of the façade. The Templo de la Congregación is one of the city’s main churches, built in honour of the Virgin of Guadalupe, with a statue of the Virgin carved in the façade. This temple is known for its cupola, which matches the tiled towers, coloured in green, red and white, the colours of the Mexican flag.
The Convent of Santa Cruz is a monastery. The monastery is the place where St James appeared and led the Otomí Christians to accept Christianity. It was used as an official residence for Emperor Maximilian. Visitors will be able to see the ancient refrigeration and water systems.
The Aqueduct is located in the Calzada de los Arcos, and is one of the first sights that visitors see when visiting this city. It was built to supply water to the city, and has now become the city symbol. The ancient aqueduct is more than 1200 meters long and has 74 several arches.
The Plaza de Armas is one of the city’s main squares, with many restored colonial houses. The square used to be the city’s main market and is now filled with cafés and restaurants. The statue of the Marqués de la Villa del Villar del Aguila is located near the center of the square. There are many colonial buildings located on the square, including the Casa de Ecla.
Casa de la Marquesa is a baroque building. The inside of the building is decorated in a Moorish style, with arches, patios and tiles decorated the floors. Another one of the city’s baroque buildings is the Beatario de Santa Rosa de Viterbo. The façade is known for its Arab style, and the interior of this church is filled with artwork.
The Palacio de Gobierno is an historical palace. The palace has been used as the headquarters of the Casas Reales, and later was used as a private residence.
The Cerro de las Campanas is the Bells Hill, located near the city. This historic hill is known for its views towards the city and is the place where Emperor Maximilian was executed. The City Museum is located on the hill.
The Jardín de la Corregidora is a garden where the statue of Josefa Ortiz, a heroine of the War of Independence, is located. Next to the statue is the Tree of Friendship, which was planted using soil from several countries.