Mar 2, 2007, 8:05 PM
Post #17 of 24
Re: [Bubba] San Cristóbal and World Heritage Status
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Bubba, in your original post you said: >>Historic centers in Oaxaca, Zacatecas, Morelia and Puebla have all been designated world heritage sites and I have had the pleasure of visiting all of these sites except Zacatecas.<<
Also later on one of our fellow posters asked which cities are architectually more exciting than San Miguel de Allende.
To answer that statement and that question, as a nearby resident of Zacatecas, let me suggest two things.
Bubba, I have visited all the places you mention as World Heritage Sites but you have visited a lot more other places here in Mexico than I have. But you need to visit Zacatecas City. One of the things which most people do not know is that during the Silver apogee here in Mexico, Zacatecas was the most important city in the whole country. Even more important than Mexico City. I'm not sure, but I believe at that time it was even larger. So the central district was built by MONEY and at a time when the Spanish conquistador austere influence had long flown. Zacatecas City has long been designated as a Patrimonio de la Humanidad by UNESCO. And the Central District has been preserved and restored and now that the utility poles and lines have all been buried it is really beautiful. Even the decade old conversion of the old Plaza de Toros into a 5 Star hotel where the Presidential Suite was renting ten years ago at $1,000 us dollars a night has been done with taste and attention to detail and in conformance with strict building codes to preserve the city's human heritage designation. I could mention many other instances.
But come and see us. See the 6 or 7 world-class museums and attend some of the cultural events which the city has been sponsoring. Remember to bring a sweater as the city is at about 8,000 feet and tends to be cold at night. Come now in the Springtime.
As for San Miguel de Allende the architecture of the churches is magnificent. The mansions are few and far between and as Bubba points out austere. The difference is that San Miguel was a guard post on the Silver route from the mines at Zacatecas City, Veta Grande, Fresnillo, Sombrerete, Bolaños, Guanajuato etc. while Zacatecas, Veta Grande, Sombrerete, Guanajuato were the sources of all that silver. Royal Mints were established here in Zacatecas City, Sombrerete, and Bolaños to convert all that silver into transportable coins.
Now with all that said, I wouldn't live in Zacatecas City. The altitude is too high and it is built in a canyon not quite so constricted as Guanajuato, but close. Us old geezers need to take physical limitations into consideration.
Zacatecas has not really been on the Gringo tourist routes until just recently. But it has been on the Mexican tourist routes for years. Lots of good hotels and restaurants. Lots to see and do.
(This post was edited by jerezano on Mar 2, 2007, 8:06 PM)