San Luis Potosí
Discover the architectural and artistic treasures that the potosina capital has to offer.
San Luis Potosí (capital) is one of the most lordly cities in the country. Founded in 1592, its Historic Center (recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) preserves large and luxurious mansions that witness the opulence of times gone by; the same can be said of the temples and parishes that rise in the seven original neighborhoods that formed the city. The squares, meanwhile, are serene and also witnesses that modernity can be combined with the tranquility of provincial life.
In San Luis Potosí the tourist attractions are very close to each other. Therefore, a good way to discover them is through a walking tour that you can start in the heart of the city, in the Plaza de Armas.
Next to this beautiful space you will find the Metropolitan Cathedral, dating from 1670-1730, in the Baroque style and that, inside, holds an excellent repertoire of sacred art. There the sculptures of the twelve apostles carved in Carrara marble stand out.
A few steps from this place, the neoclassical cover of the Government Palace will open its doors for you to know among its walls interesting spaces that narrate passages of national history that occurred in San Luis, such as the Ponciano Arriaga Hall, where President Benito Juárez established , in 1862, the Supreme Court of Justice.
A street from there you will find the Plaza de los Fundadores, surrounded by buildings that, at some point were transcendental for the political, economic, cultural and intellectual development of the state, such as the Central Building of the University; the Parish of the Tabernacle, which once held the rank of Cathedral; and the Parish of Loreto, whose baroque facade was considered at some time as “the most beautiful built by the Jesuits in Mexico.”
In the opposite corner and occupying an entire block, the Ipiña Building rises, a project that, for many, was ahead of its time, since, despite being built between 1906 and 1912, its design and functionality came to integrate, in a single set, homes, offices, a cinema and even a radio station!
Three blocks away, the San Francisco Garden is revealed, which precedes the Baroque-style temple of the same name. This building treasures valuable pictorial works, as well as a beautiful sacristy. Next, do not lose detail of the Building of the Ministry of Culture, with its unique cookie-shaped ornamentation. Behind this group, Plaza Aranzazú is presented as an elegant lobby to enter the Potosino Regional Museum that, in addition to exhibiting interesting archeological pieces from the region, on its upper floor houses a chapel, seat of a pinacoteca.
A few minutes from San Francisco, walking on Avenida Universidad, and then on Villerías, you will arrive at the Temple of Carmen, together with a remarkable Mexican Baroque facade. Inside, don’t forget to admire its churrigueresque altarpiece known as “The Seven Princes.”
On the outskirts of this temple you can visit the Teatro de la Paz, a neoclassical Porfirian building with French influence, where the great cultural shows of the city of San Luis Potosí have paraded. Just in front of this enclosure is the National Mask Museum, which protects a large sample of these pieces from all over the country.
Distributed in the rest of the urban area, a short distance away, there are other highly recommended attractions that will complement your tour of the capital:
The Centennial Center of the Arts will call your attention, a historical building that, until 1999, was a penitentiary center and that today is the most innovative artistic educational project in the city. There is the new Leonora Carrington Museum, which treasures incredible pieces designed by this famous surrealist artist.
On the outskirts, the termination of the cobbled path coincides with the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which you will quickly recognize as it still retains the highest towers in the city (53.2 meters).
Finally, towards the south of the Historic Center of the city, more than 400 hectares of green spaces place Tangamanga I Park as one of the largest urban forests in the country. Its recreational diversity integrates an artificial lake, bicycle paths, sports courts and even a water park. When you go around the park, you will visit the Labyrinth Museum of Science and Arts, designed to interact, in a playful way, with the artistic and scientific expressions that are presented there.
EVENTS YOU CANNOT MISS IN SAN LUIS POTOSÍ
–The Procession of Silence. It is held every Good Friday, since 1954, through the main streets of the Historic Center of the city. Not to be missed!
The Feasts of Light
Impressive videomapping show, the first of its kind in Mexico, which takes place only in holiday seasons.
–The Potosina National Fair (FENAPO). The largest and most important fair of the potosina entity. In her recognized national artists are presented.
Are you ready to enjoy this modern city – but true to its traditions – located in an excellent geographical position to undertake the most entertaining holiday?
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