Sitting behind the shrine of El Calvario - a shrine dating back to 1538 - the church is of more recent construction, 1900. Together with the shrine, they are an important place of reunion for pilgrims on their journey to Chalma, a center and river of miracles.
Just east of the city center lies this deep wooded canyon. Cuernavaca has developed an elevated trail, suspended about halfway up the canyon walls. The path begins just below - to the east of - the El Calvario church and proceeds first through a stepped garden built to resemble, symbolically, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The garden was built during the Porfiriato. Following the gardens, the path drops into the canyon proper and goes under the graceful arch of a very tall stone bridge, which was Cuernavaca's first - also built by order of Diaz. The path continues winding down through the almost jungle canyon, hanging roots drape down into the deep canyon; larger roots holding canyon walls as they descend 100 meters into the creek below. It is hard to imagine that you are in the middle of a city of a million people.
Built in a high-walled fortress, the cathedral of Cuernavaca stands built on a grand scale to impress and intimidate the natives. It was one of the first Christian missions to Mexico being started in 1526. The cathedral was a center for missionary work to Asia and one of the frecos was supposedly painted by an early Japanese convert. Two smaller churches occupy the northern corners of the compound, the 18th century Templo de la Tercera Orden de San Francisco (started in 1723) and the late 19th century Capilla del Carmen.
The cathedral compound is across the street (Morelos) from the Jardin Borda - an 18th century garden and residence for one of the leading silver mine owners of Taxco. The Jardin Borda was also the summer residence of Maximilian and Carlota during their ill-fated stay in Mexico. On the southeastern edge of the compound is the Museo Robert Brady, a museum occupying his former home. It contains his vast collections of folk arts from around the world. Sunday and Monday closed, you are accompanied by one of the guides as you visit who are very informative.
This big block-styled fortress was built between 1522 and 1532 at the base of an earlier native pyramid. Cortes lived here until 1540, when he returned to Spain, dying in 1547. It was lived in by his descendants for many years after and then had many different uses, mainly as government offices until the recent building of the impressive Palacio del Gobierno was built on the west side of the zocalo. Today, Cortes' palace is home to the Museo de Cuauhnahuac - two floors of exhibits: the first floor devoted to the pre-Conquest cultures of Mexico and the second floor cover the Conquest to today. A mural by Diego Rivera is on the balcony showing the oppression that characterized Mexico from the Conquest to the Revolution. The museum is open 10AM to 5PM but closed on Monday.
Nice little 100+ feet waterfall. There is a pathway above the waterfall, but unfortunately, it has been closed off to foot traffic because it is now considered dangerous. But you can still see it from the other pathways.
One of many parks and gardens in Cuernavaca. I especially enjoyed this one because of the basalt rock face. Basalt forms itself into hexagonal columns when lava flows and cools in a certain way. You can see this type of rock formation in several places around the world (including N. Ireland and and E. Washington State), but these were the first that I have seen that were jutting out of a cliff. Pretty neat looking.
Nice pathways and stairs to climb. Nice jungle atmosphere in the middle of a bustling city. About a 20 minute walk from the zocalo.
You'll hear all about the Brady museum in every tourist brochure or website on Cuernavaca, but it really does live up to the hype. The museum is a converted convent which was bought by the American artist and collector Robert Brady (a true world traveller- he's actually kind of my hero now that I've seen all the amazing places he saw) in the 1962. He lived there with his two weiner dogs and his entire house complex is one huge museum of artwork and native masks and artifacts from just about every corner of the world. It's also a really beautiful courtyard home architecturally. He is buried right next to his two pet dachsunds in the lawn in the central courtyard.
The Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca was definitely the best value and best learning experience I could imagine. I would recommend it to absolutely anybody. Not only do you learn tons of Espanol in a beautiful and fun environment, but you will no doubt make many new friends, and if you wnat to, you can also choose to stay with a super nice Mexican family like we did (so you get Spanish 24 hours a day, which is great practice!)
The Cathedral can be seen from many locations in the city. It is quite big and has many garden and statues in the courtyard for you to marvel at. Inside, as with all churches I saw in Mexico, it is decorated beautifully.
You can climb up to the roof and the bell tower for a small fee (couple of Peso´s forget exactly how much) each day.
Near the center of the town,there is a cathedral,one of the oldiest in Mexico.It is built in 1552.,and beautiful paintings.
If you have two hours free,use them to go and visit piramides Teopanzolco.You have to go a short way out of the town,but it is worth.
if you´re ever in mexico on the 15th of september, make sure you go to your local zocalo (town sqare) and yell VIVA MEXICO!! with all your new mexican friends.
This is the place where the locals usually meet. It's downtown's plaza, surrounded by bussinesses and restaurants.
The palace of the famed Spanish explorer Cortes now houses the Cuauhnauhuac Museum.
Don't miss the Diego Rivera mural depiciting the brutal conquest of Mexico by the Spanish.
If you have ever wanted to see a live Mariachi band head to the Zocalo. Here they sit and wait for customers to rent there services and perform live Mexican music.