Mexico City and the High Central Plateau, January 2009


Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini


Zacatecas is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, formerly, its silver was one of the Spanish crown’s largest sources of income.  It is further north and at a higher altitude than other colonial cities.  Its magnificence shows in the well-preserved colonial architecture carved from pink quarry stone.  An aerial tramway “flies” over the old city from the Cerro de la Bufa. 

The Catedral Basilica de Zacatecas is a masterpiece of Churrigueresque architecture.  It was begun in 1729, but not completed until 1782.  Its treasures were lost during the 19th century Reform and the 20th century Revolution.

The city has many museums which are housed in old ecclesiastical buildings.  Museo Pedro Coronel houses an amazing collection that spans civilizations and continents.  Museo Rafael Coronel has over 5000 folk art masks.  Photography is not allowed in these museums.

A restaurant has memorabilia from Pancho Villa’s cavalry that won the important battle, the Toma de Zacatecas, in 1914.

A 19th century bullring was transformed into a hotel in the 1970’s.  In the background is the 250-year-old aqueduct that serves a part of the city.

Outside the cities, the Zacatecas-Guadalajara highway crosses the high central plateau of Mexico. This is like the interstate system of the U.S.


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June 25, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                         wgfm