Blogs from Querétaro, Mexico, North America


This album features a variety of monuments, fountains & statues often found in the plazas in the city's historic center.... read more
The monument honors Dona Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez
The plaque
Tree of Friendship

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 ... read more
The fountain in the foreground
The fountain plaque
Mosaics using broken pottery & china.

This album includes the 2nd batch of boutique hotel photos I took. There are many more boutique hotels in the city, especially in colonial buildings in the historic center.... read more
Front lobby

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
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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

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