Taxco de Alarcón Things to Do

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    Christ Monument

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

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    You can catch taxi or do some exercise and walk up to the tall Christ Monument. We caught taxi. The panoramic view overlooks Taxco. The monument is not old as it was constructed about 12 years ago in 2002. It is well worth to see the view and the monument. Travelled by taxi from Plaza Borda to Atachi Hill is around half hour, I think it was $30.

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    The William Sptratling Museum

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    The William Sptratling Museum, it was built in honor of him. Born in 1900 and died in 1967. He introduced the silver culture to the town, that was his legacy. The small museum displays crafted artwork made from silver and colonial Spanish paintings. When he was alive he collected valuable of archeological pieces which some was donated to the town.

    Open:Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 09:00 to 15:00.

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    Don Jose de la Borda

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    Statue of Don Jose de la Borda. He was important figure in Taxco. He discovered silver and became wealthy. He made many contributions to the town and the well known was the contributions to the constructions of Santa Prisca.

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    Santa Veracruz Temple

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    The whitewashed church with pinkish border is Santa Veracruz Temple, as far looks this church is different in comparison to other churches in Taxco. The façade is very simple with no opulent decorations. It has two main towers with small middle tower and clock inside. I didn’t go inside to see the interior. The well-kept church was built in November 1847 in honor of the Holy Christ of Veracruz.

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    Penitent Encruzado,Taxco and Anima

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    The three statues are located at the back of the San Bernadino de Siena church was built dedicated to Penitent Encruzado, Penitent Taxco and Penitent Anima. At Easter the populace follows the old medieval ritual tradition. They practiced painful self-harm to atone of their sins. The Penitent walks the streets repenting sinners. The head is always covered with black hoods and wore black dresses. The three statues (Penitents) have different roles to act. I think the ritual is also practiced in many countries that follow Roman Catholic like the Philippines. Located walking distance from Zocalo Calle Juarez and Calle de la Garita.

    Encruzado Penitente Animas Penitente Flagelante Penitente
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    The San Bernadino de Siena

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    The San Bernadino de Siena is the oldest neoclassical church in American continent. The construction began in 1592 by Francisco de Torantos. Throughout the year the original mud church suffered mutilations. After fire in the 19th century it was restored. The neoclassical church hasn’t change since then.

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    Cable car

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    We caught cable car to see another panoramic view of Taxco. From Plaza Borda, taxi took us to the cable car station. Hop on the cable car which cost $25 pp I think but not sure. The cable car slowly soars to the top of the hill. After the magnificent view from the cable car we reached the top. Walked a little way and end up at this luxurious Hotel Monte Taxco. All of the spectacular panoramic view of Taxco was from this hotel. The other panoramic view of Taxco is from the Monument of Christ.

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    Walk, do moon walking or just walk

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    If you can handle the hilly streets, walking is the best way to see the main core of Taxco. Walking also can be dangerous as they are no sidewalks for pedestrian. The street is shared with cars, taxi, bus, motorbikes and stray dogs. The taxi drivers they drive like there’s no tomorrow. Most of the streets are narrow and paved with black cobblestone. There are many interesting building, churches with colonial architecture. Good way to take photos. The best thing is you don’t get hassle by the local, maybe at Zocalo you will.

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    San Sebastian y Santa Prisca

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    At plaza de la Borda stood impressive looking church. San Sebastian y Santa Prisca has Andalusian style twin towers and Spanish Baroque style façade. Diego Duran and Juan Caballero built the church. The two architects were commissioned by Josede la Borda. The interior is decorated opulently displayed with magnificent twelve carved alter, beautiful paintings and gold leaf. There are two chapels one for the indigenous Indians and the other non-Indigenous. The church is dedicated to Saint Prisca and Saint Sebastian.

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    Zocalo where the action is

    by fachd Written Jun 4, 2014

    Zocalo, also called Plaza Borda is the hub focal point of activities. The rotunda located in the middle of the square is a good spot where you can sit and relax on one of the many benches. Locals selling balloon and there are restaurants, café, silver shop, ATM machine, supermarket, pharmacy, museum and hotels. At certain time it gets very busy, some nights is very exciting especially Saturday night. You’ll see Mariachi band blowing there horns playing Mexican music. It is a restaurant/cafe hub at Zocalo and many restaurants has a great view and importantly yummy Mexican food, off course there are other cuisines. The Taxco icon the twin towered church of Santa Prisca stood proudly at Zocalo.

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    GRUTAS DE CACAMAHUILPA

    by patricia1.nunez Updated Apr 28, 2009

    This are to be consider so far the largest caves and caverns in the world, only a small porcentage of the caves are transitable by people, and even though tour last almost 2 hrs,There is a guided tour around every 15-20 min the caves are very well preserved and illuminated the shapes by stalagtitas are amazing , they are very humed, actually part of the caves are the emptiness of a hill so some of the roooms withing the caves are very tall, I believe the tallest one is 80 meters, part of the caves remains unexplored as there is not enought oxigen , however other tours includes to stay over night for the subterranious river, in fact this caves were part of a river thousand years ago...Although No evidence of Prehispanic human settlements is found,Some indigenous people used this caverns for several different tributes and sacrifices..It was declared as national park and reserve in 1936...Please do not hesitate and visit , this is not only one more national park is a place you dont happen to go so often in your life time..

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    Santa prisca Church

    by patricia1.nunez Written Apr 13, 2009

    This 250-year-old baroque-style church was buit By Jose de la Borda who once was the richest man in Taxco..he ordered to buld this church to provided a place for his son(former priest ) to show his devotion to mother church, this place is amazing as is very well preserve and houses incredible paintings and sacre art... gold flakes everywhere the altar is so elaborated and every side is simetric to the other that simply is unbelievable, was finished in around 8 years, less than average...definitely a must see, dont have to be religious to admire all art.. this is a life museum.. one of the nicest churches I´ve seen , even better that the ones in Europe

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    Juan Ruiz de Alarcon birthplace

    by ephobius Updated May 23, 2006

    Visit the house where this laureate playwright was born more than four centuries ago!

    Practice your Spanish with this extract of his acclaimed comedy where lying noblemen mix with honest commons.

    La Verdad Sospechosa, The Suspicious Truth (1634)
    Act II, Scene IX :

    DON GARCÍA
    Que las hazañas
    den nobleza, no lo niego;
    mas no neguéis, que sin ellas,
    también la da el nacimiento.

    DON BELTRÁN
    Pues si honor puede ganar
    quien nació sin él, ¿no es cierto
    que, por el contrario, puede
    quien con él nació, perdelo?

    DON GARCÍA
    Es verdad.

    DON BELTRÁN
    Luego si vos
    obráis afrentosos hechos,
    aunque seáis hijo mío,
    dejáis de ser Caballero;
    luego si vuestras costumbres
    os infaman en el pueblo,
    no importan paternas armas,
    no sirven altos abuelos.
    ¿Qué cosa es, que la fama
    diga a mis oídos mesmos,
    que a Salamanca admiraron
    vuestras mentiras y enredos?
    ¡Qué Caballero y qué nada!
    Si afrenta al noble y plebeyo
    solo el decirle que miente,
    decid, ¿qué será el hacerlo,
    si vivo sin honra yo,
    según los humanos fueros,
    mientras de aquél, que me dijo
    que mentía, no me vengo?
    ¿Tan larga tenéis la espada,
    tan duro tenéis el pecho,
    que pensáis poder vengaros,
    diciéndolo todo el pueblo?
    ¿Posible es que tenga un hombre
    tan humildes pensamientos,
    que viva sujeto al vicio
    más sin gusto y sin provecho?
    El deleite natural
    tiene a los lascivos presos;
    obliga a los codiciosos
    el poder que da el dinero;
    el gusto de los manjares
    al glotón; el pasatiempo
    y el cebo de la ganancia
    a los que cursan el juego;
    su venganza al homicida;
    al robador su remedio;
    la fama y la presunción
    al que es por la espada inquieto;
    todos los vicios, al fin
    o dan gusto o dan provecho;
    mas de mentir, ¿qué se saca
    sino infamia y menosprecio?

    DON GARCÍA
    Quien dice que miento yo
    ha mentido.

    ++++

    Juan Ruiz de Alarcon birthplace, Taxco
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    Viceroyalty Art Museum

    by ephobius Updated May 23, 2006

    The Museo de Arte Virreinal has art from the Viceroyalty (colonial) era. Novohispanic painters depict the life of centuries gone by. Most tourists go to the cathedral and shops, the selective tourist will also choose this cultural spot.

    Viceroyalty Art Museum, Taxco
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  • Museo de Arte Virreinal

    by NortecDF Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    Better known as Casa Humboldt, this was the house of Alexander Von Humboldt during his stay in Taxco, it was buildt during the second half of the XVIII Centrury and it was restored in 1991 to become the Museum of Colonial Art.
    This is one of the very few non-white painted buildings in the city. ( I think I saw only 3 that where not white)

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