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Published: March 15th 2015
Plaza del Platitos (small plates)
looking south toward the river. The plaza is officially the Young Heroes of Chapultepec Plaza but it's better known as the Plaza del Platitos (small plates) because the surfaces are decorated with broken china.
The city of Querétaro is divided in two by the river & joined by the Puente (bridge) de San Sebastián. At one time, the area north of the river, often called La Otra Banda (the other side), was outside city limits. Most of the residents in this area were poor. Barrio San Sebastian was one of those neighborhoods. Casa del Faldon,
located at Primavera 45 Ote.
I didn’t catch it in a photo but have included a couple links for photos here. The elegant Casa del Faldón (coattail), with its attractive lookout tower, was built in the mid 17th century. Legend has it that during a religious procession, a Spanish Councilman was offended that the indigenous Mayor had a higher rank in the procession. He therefore yanked at the mounted Mayor’s dresscoat, ripping it at the tail (faldon). He then exiled the mayor to the zone north of the river which was outside the city limits at the time. The mayor then built a splendid house with lookout tower in front of the church & lived there until he died. That house became known as the Casa del Faldon which is now a cultural center. It has been
The fountain in the foreground
The plaza is located at the bottom corner of Calle Invierno (winter street) where it meets the river (see the maps). Nearby is the equestrian statue of Ignacio Pérez.
cultural center since 1991
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