Blogs from Querétaro, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro February 8th 2015

Queretaro, the city, has more than a dozen boutique hotels, most of them in the historic center, most of them housed in former colonial buildings. Web site with map: This site has brief background info about this historic city: The boutique hotels in this album are located on Avenidas Hidalgo & Madero.... read more
ha - The hotel, which opened in October 1966,
ha - Closeup
La Casa del Naranjo at Hidalgo 21 (cn)

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro January 19th 2015

This album features photos taken from the mirador (scenic viewpoint) overlooking Queretaro's wonderful aqueduct. Also located here is the large Panteon (cemetery) of Illustrious Queretanos. The aqueduct, one of the largest in Mexico, is the symbol of the city of Queretaro. The 1298 m long structure has 74 stone arches with an average height of 28.5 m. It was built between 1726 & 1735 at the request of the Capuchin nuns to bring drinking water to the city from the springs of La Cañada hills. The Pantheon of Illustrious Queretanos was formally created on Feb 5 1988 & is currently managed by the Municipality of Querétaro although management by the state is being considered. Since the aim of the pantheon is pay tribute to the memory of distinguished men & women of the city & state, ... read more
Santiago (St James)
Cute corner niche with santo
Baja la velocidad

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro January 14th 2015

Calle Hidalgo & Av Juarez are two of the main historic streets in the historic center. with many impressive historic buildings.... read more

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro January 12th 2015

This photo album features misc photos from 3 streets, all within walking distance of my rental house.... read more
another angle
At corner Arteaga & Pino Suarez

This is my last church album from the Qro set.... read more

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro December 30th 2014

The order of the ‘barefoot’ Franciscans was founded in the city in 1613 & dedicated to San Antonio de Padua. Construction of their monastery began that year & it’s one of the oldest buildings in the city. The adjoining church was completed in 1678.... read more
History board

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro November 2nd 2014

This church is located at Independencia # 82, quite close to where my rental house was located. The Plazuela de la Merced, a small square with benches, is located behind the church. I used it often as my ‘back yard’ & spent a lot of time there. There is also a great bakery there on Progreso ;o) The Inquisition*: The Plazuela de la Merced was also known as the Plaza of Hell because the judgments & executions of the Inquisition were held here. Although records are incomplete, one historian estimates that about 50 people were executed during the Mexican Inquisition including 29 people executed between 1571 and 1700 for practicing the Jewish religion. (I'm not sure if this is the Mexico total or the numbers for Queretaro?) *The Inquisition was basically a tribunal court system once ... read more
Main altar
The dome

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro October 26th 2014

Concheros Monument: Each year on September 12 and 13, a procession of Concheros, featuring hundreds of costumed indigenous dancers from various regions of the country, walk along the Avenida de Los Arcos past the imposing aqueduct to Sangremal Hill and Santa Cruz Plaza where they perform the ritual dance that goes back to its chichimecas origins. Videos featuring the dancers More info: read more
CHURCH - exterior

This church/exconvent complex, a hidden jewel in Queretaro’s historic center, was the last of the 17 monumental convents built in the city during the colonial era & the only neoclassical one. It was built for the Reformed Discalced Carmelites (Barefoot Carmelites) of St. Teresa of Jesus, an order that was established in 1593 by two Spanish saints - Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint John of the Cross. The founding nuns arrived in Querétaro in 1802. Construction of the complex was completed in 1805.... read more
In swapped RGB channels
The impressive façade resembles the Parthenon in Athens.

Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán is located at Pino Suárez & Guerrero. In addition to the church, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, there’s a beautiful chapel dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary. This was the headquarters for the Dominican missionary operations in the Sierra Gorda. Saint Dominic (Spanish: Santo Domingo), aka Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170 – 1221), was a Spanish priest who founded the Dominican Order. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers. More info: Church video read more

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