Mexico 2015

Querétaro

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini

 

Quetétaro is a city 132 miles NW of Mexico City. Its dynamic economy is based on its recent development of IT/data centers and a growing manufacturing base.  The Centro Histórico is a UNESCO site. It retains the regular street plan of the Spanish along with the twisting alleys of the Otomi people.  Many indigenous peoples lived peacefully with the Spanish after the city was founded in 1531.  Querétaro is known for being one of the safest cities in Mexico with a good quality of life.

National Geographic had a photo exhibition there.

The city is known for it’s many ornate civil and religious Baroque monuments. Its golden age was in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The palace and aqueduct seen here were built in the early 18C by the Marquis Juan Antonio de la Urrutia y Arana to please a nun. 

Querétaro is a top tourist destination, but remains friendly and comfortable to visit.

Bernal is known for the massive monolith, the Peña de Bernal, that is the third highest on Earth.  Acqiring the title “Pueblo Mágico” increased its popularity.  It is east of the city of Querétaro.

The 18C Franciscan missions of the Sierra Gorda east of Querétaro are credited to Fra. Junipero Serra who later came to California.  They were abandoned until their restoration in the 1980’s.  They were built by the Pame indians in a style that is called “Mistizo Baroque”.  In 2003, they became a UNESCO site.

Tepotzotlán is between Querétaro and Mexico City.  What is now the Museum of Virreinato (Museum of the Viceroyalty of New Spain) began there as Jesuit schools in 1580.  It is a UNESCO site because of its aesthetics and its housing impressive collections. Part of the museum, the Church of San Francisco Javier, has seven important Churrigueresque altarpieces  from the late 18C.  The altars are made of cedar wood covered with gold leaf.

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July 29, 2015                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wgfm