Wednesday, November 17, 2021

A weekend trip to Zacatecas, Mexico

The ex-mining town of Zacatecas, a UNESCO city, is only 120km from Aguascaliente and the hometown of Danny's resident house sitter Hector.  We just had to check it off the list.  

On a Saturday morning Hector had off work, the four of us squeezed into a Volkswagen Polo rideshare(blablacar) headed to Zacatecas.  At 8000ft, Zacatecas is one of the highest cities in Mexico, a capital of silver mining, and was responsible for 20% of the world's silver production in the early 18th century.  All that silver gave Zacatecas a collection of very impressive buildings in the city center, and three world class museums.  

Saturday evening it seemed like the whole town was strolling in the streets, very much a festive air.  To think I even had a shred of hesitation when we were trip-planning because of state department warnings, I can be so gullible sometimes. 



Hector , Danny and Sun-Ling walking towards Zacatecas city center. Hector, Danny, and Sun-Ling - Zacatecas, Mexico

The Colonial Era Templo Santo Domingo, respendent with side altars reaching to the ceiling. Templo de Santo Domingo - Zacatecas, Mexico Templo de Santo Domingo - Zacatecas, Mexico

City Center being a UNESCO World Heritage site, signage is restricted to on-the-wall paint. Nice. Zacatecas, Mexico

Zacatecas is a top tourist destination. The TI is well stocked with various self-guided walking tours, which we found very useful, and openair tour buses abound. Zacatecas, Mexico Zacatecas, Mexico

The Art Nouveau Calderón Theater. Calderón Theater - Zacatecas, Mexico

The Museo Rafael Coronel has a world class collection of Mexican masks, 4000 of them, and marionettes. Masks - Museo Rafael Coronel - Zacatecas, Mexico Mask - Museo Rafael Coronel - Zacatecas, Mexico Masks - Museo Rafael Coronel - Zacatecas, Mexico Puppet Theater - Museo Rafael Coronel - Zacatecas, Mexico Marionettes - Museo Rafael Coronel - Zacatecas, Mexico

I, as you know, am fascinated by aqueducts and bullrings. Zacatecas has an old aqueduct (upper left) that runs right past the old bull ring (now part of a hotel). Old Bull Ring - Zacatecas, Mexico Acueducto - Zacatecas, Mexico

We scored some vegan tacos from a food cart at a Saturday night fair. Vegan Tacos at Santa Bracho Cocina Vegetal - Zacatecas, Mexico

Folks strolling by the Cathedral and Plaza de Armas at night At Night - Zacatecas, Mexico

The Museo Pedro Coronel had a large collection of works by Juan Miro. Museo Pedro Coronel - Zacatecas, Mexico

And the highlight of the Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art was a collection of murals originally commissioned for Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art - Zacatecas, Mexico

The museum was previously a prison. Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art - Zacatecas, Mexico

My head is quick to start spinning in a museum of religious art, but the well-signed Museo of Guadalupe - just a short bus ride from Zacatecas - kept my head in place for several hours. Templo De Nuestra Señora Del Carmen - Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico Ivory Sculpture of Jesus - Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico

The highlight for me of the museum was stepping into the choir of the adjacent Templo De Nuestra Señora Del Carmen for an amazing view. Templo De Nuestra Señora Del Carmen - Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico

Templo De Nuestra Señora Del Carmen - Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico

Templo De Nuestra Señora Del Carmen - Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico

Zacatecas is an old mining town in the hills. Here are some shots around town. Photo Shoot - Museo Rafael Coronel - Zacatecas, Mexico Zacatecas, Mexico At Night - Zacatecas, Mexico MTBers/Cyclists - Zacatecas, Mexico Zacatecas, Mexico Zacatecas, Mexico

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