The Spanish city of Santiago de Querétaro was founded in 1531 and has been declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage to Humanity.
Queretaro's notable sites are located in the historic center, which is pedestrian-friendly and filled with colonial architecture. In the evening, the area fills with people strolling the seven plazas and walkways and frequenting the area's restaurants and cafes. The historic downtown offers the visitor over 460 years of history and tradition and its aqueduct, temples, mansions and palaces that make this city, one of the most beautiful colonial destination.
The Plaza de Armas is the oldest part of the city, and is filled with Indian laurel trees, surrounded by outdoor restaurants and colonial mansions. Besides the Plaza, is the Church of San Francisco which was finished at the beginning of the 18th century and served as the cathedral until the 20th century. The church's cloister is now the Museo Regional. Built between 1660 and 1698, the monastery it houses, was the first in the city, built by Franciscans to evangelize the native populations here. The architecture is representative of Franciscan style, with simple lines and decoration.
The Aqueduct is the Symbol of the city of Queretaro. It was begun in 1726 and concluded in 1735 in order to supply drinking water to the city from the springs of Cañada. This work was achieved thanks to the generosity of Sir Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana, Marquis of the Villa del Villar del Aguila. It is composed of 74 arches that reach a maximum height of 23 meters and a total length of 1280 meters.
Images of the Templo de San Francisco, the Cloisters, and the Aqueduct are displayed below.
The many fountains in the Plazas and Cloisters of Queretaro.
Street views in Queretaro showing the variety of special opportunities for the photographer.
The Church and former Convent of Santa Rosa de Viterbo is a masterpiece of baroque architecture. On the outside, notice the scroll-shaped flying buttresses, unique to Querétaro, and the imaginative tower topped with a pyramid-shaped crest. Inside is the lifesize sculture of the Last Supper.
The Museo de Arte is located in the former monastery of San Agustin. The building is considered one of the major Baroque works of art in Mexico, built in the 18th century and is attributed to Ignacio Mariano de la Casa. Its famous for the decoration of the arches and columns that surround the inner courtyard. On the ground floor, there are faces with fierce expressions, while those on the upper floor have more serene expressions.
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