La Casa de la Marquesa
La Casa de la Marquesa is a classic mansion featuring handpainted murals, is a colonial jewel with great architectural value. Is comprised of 2 houses; La Casa de la Marquesa that dates back to the 18th century and La Casa Real, built in the 1900s. Bothof these colonial treasures are separated by a small street in the heart of downtown Santiagao Queretaro. Originally founded in 1531 and today listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritages Sites.
- Check my photos, and consider that this photos don't make justice to the real beauty of the place. It's a lot better that it could look.
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La casa de la Marquesa is a beautiful place to visit, and if you have the money; stay there, today is an Hotel and Restaurant. The people working there's is really nice, when they catch us picking inside the hotel they kindly invite us to visit it and take pictures, I ask permission to go upstair, because they have the stairs blocked for guest only, they accept kindly and I could go and tour around the hotel taking pictures. I can say the place is beautiful and the people in there is very friendly, if I could have stay there' I will, no question!
The room cost was 1,800 pesos night, I didn't took pictures of the room because they where cleaning it at the time, but I took a look and it's really worth it. Sooo beautiful, you'll feel like royalty there. A must for a romantic getaway.
Amazing Mexican City!
"A place you should visit !"
Queretaro City is characterized for its colonial architecture and its beauty.
This city wasn't in my list of places to visit, but when I visited for the first time, I was amazed with the beauty places I found and i fall in love. Is a "must visit" place if you are around the area, take a day or two and discover Queretaro. Is worth it, is just 2hr away from México city.
The Aqueduct with 74 arches is Symbol that identifies the city of Querétaro.
It was begun in 1726 and concluded in 1735 in order to supply drinking water to the city from the springs of the Cañada. This work was achieved thanks to the generosity of Sir Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana, Marquis of the Villa del Villar del Aguila. It is composed of 74 arches of quarry that reach a maximum height of 23 meters and a length of 1280 meters.
"La Casa de la Marquesa"
If you haven't fall in love with the parks, streets and Churches in the historic centre, you'll definitely fall in love when visiting "La Casa de la Marquesa" is not only a historic place, but also a piece of art!
"The model city for Mexico"
Hey! I'm back. And guess what. I live in Querétaro. Seven hours by car far from my beloved Veracruz, but guess again...this is a GREAT TOWN!!!
Some insight info about Querétaro.
Querétaro was founded around the 1530's. It is a purépecha term which originally was "Queréndaro".
Querétaro was (and still is) the first stop for ayone going from Mexico City to the norht of Mexico. We are just two horus and a half away from Mexico city to the northwest.
First highligh for Querétaro comes in the XVIII centur when the Acueduct is built. It is a one kilometer acueduct which used to prvide with water to the inhabitants of the cit. It was built by the "cacique", the big ass inthe tow "Marques de Villa del Villar". Legend runs that he was in love with a beautiful nun, and he solicited her to ask for anything so she would correspond to his love.
Well, she came up with the idea of "Give water to the poor people in town". Voilá! An aqueduct is built for posterity. It is nice to drive right across its archs nowadays.
Then Querétaro was home of the first conspirations for our Independence Revolution. The corregidora de que´retaro Josefa Ortiz de DOmínguez helped a lot through this process and our History books make special mention of her. She even appears in our currency. Parks, theaters, schools and of course streets are named after her.
Then in 1857, we came up with a new political constitution. Guess where it was signed. Right, in Querétaro. Going further, our current Constitution, signed on 1917 was also signed in this place.
Querétaro has a TERRIFIC downtown with old buildings, all decorated with yellow light which makes the place to look older. Lots of restaurants and bars with live shows are all around downtown or other parts of the city.
Right now, Querétaro is a very properous place since lots of companies are moving down here, but not to worry. Downtown is far from being intoxicated with all of that "progress".
Actually, there is a law that forbids to build more-than-five-stories buildings close to downtown, because it would cover the beatiful view of the churches and old buildings that are all spread over downtown.
FOOD: There are two mai restaurants that you should try if you are down in Querétaro. Los Cilantros where you can experience very exotic Mexican food, not necessaraly spicy and Los Laureles where you can find both MExican and International fine cuisine. Los LAureles is close to the Aqueduct and Los LAureles are in an old "hacienda".
LODGING. Not that I recommend it because it is extremely expensive, (250-350 USD or ven more) but La Casa de la Marquesa is probably one of the best hotels in México. It has around 24 rooms, but they are all different from each other! they even got names for every single room!! It's mostly a place for politicians, industrials and artists, but if you have the power of your firm, you can try. Nevertheless all of my talk, you can go in to see the inside of the building which is very nice.
Close to Querétro you have Tequisquiapan, Bernal and other tiny little but beautiful towns that are worth to pay a visit to.
Also, you have San Miguel de Allende (45 min) Dolores Hidalgo (1:45) Guanajuato (2:00) Guadalajara (3:30) Morelia (3:00) and even Zacatecas (4:00) for those who are not afraid of distances. All of them of course are great places to visit. Querétaro is extremely well located in the middle of the country. Some people especulate whether the geographical center of Mexico is located in Querétaro, in the famous Peña de Bernal, a mystical place.
Try Querétaro, also only two hours and a half away from the Teotihuacán pyramids!!!