Querétaro Things to Do

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  • Museo Casa de La Zacatecana - Enjoy the Mystery!

    by skyhopper Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum was really fascinating and worth the time. It is a resored colonial home with period furshings, but what makes it even more intriguing is the story of the wife who hired someone to kill her husband then killed herself and the executor of the crime, the story being left as a mystery. They show a video in Spanish that is nicely done before touring the house on your own. It's great to see how the rich Spanish lived here, mainly with imprted European furnishings. 20 Pesos Admisson. See website for opening hours. Allow about 45 m--1 hr. to visit.

    Main sitting room Casa Zacatecana
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    Convento de la Santa Cruz

    by JessieLang Written Jun 19, 2009

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    Convento de la Santa Cruz is a 17th Century monastery, built on the hill where the Spanish defeated the Chichimeca Indians in 1531. Construction started in 1610 and finished 150 years later. The aquifer was built by then, and they ran clay pipes from it to the monastery.

    Santa Cruz was where the friars, including Junipero Serra, stayed to rest and gather supplies before building the missions in California. There is an unusual thorn tree growing in the courtyard. The thorns are in the shape of a cross. Supposedly, a friar planted his walking stick here in 1697, and the thorn tree miraculously grew from it.

    In 1867 Maximilian used the monastery as his headquarters, and then one room in it became his prison. (Everywhere I went in Querétaro, it seemed, “Max was here.”)

    Tours are available in English.

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    The Aqueduct

    by JessieLang Written Jun 19, 2009

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    The aqueduct is an engineering marvel, built between 1726 and 1738 to bring fresh drinking water to the city. There are 74 big sandstone arches, with a canal that ran across the top. The tallest one, toward the hills, is 69 ft. high, and the others are just enough lower for gravity to carry the water along.

    You can get a good view from the hill where the Corregidora's mausoleum is.

    The Aqueduct Aqueduct at night
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    Santa Clara Church

    by JessieLang Written Jun 19, 2009

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    The giant Santa Clara church, just a block from Jardín Guerrero, has a miniature plaza in front of it—a paved area with a few more trees trimmed into square shapes, some benches, and an elaborate marble fountain. The interior of the church is supposed to be incredible (no square inch left undecorated) but the doors were locked unless a service was starting, and I didn’t get in. It was built in 1633.

    Santa Clara's Dome Fountain by Santa Clara Church
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    Plaza de Armas & Governor's Palace

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 19, 2009

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    Plaza de Armas (Independence Square) is older—it was built in the 18th Century, and is surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings. Its fountain has a large statue in the center, and a dog at each corner on the base. The water comes out of the dogs’ mouths.

    The Casa de la Corregidor (Governor’s Palace) is across the street. It is now the seat of state government (the city of Querétaro is the capital of the state of Querétaro.) There was always a guard in the doorway, but one day I asked if it was open to the public. Limited areas were, and I was able to go into a stunningly beautiful courtyard. What an office environment that would be!

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    Plaza de la Corregidora

    by JessieLang Written Jun 19, 2009

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    The Plaza de la Corregidora has a monument to the woman (the magistrate’s wife) who risked her neck to warn the resistance army about Spanish military plans. Her husband had her locked in her room at the time, but she managed to pass a note through a keyhole. Her statue was erected for the centennial celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain.

    Restaurants with outside seating ring the plaza. They all have live music, and each musician is playing something different.

    La Corregidora Restaurand in Plaza de la Corregidora
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    Jardin Guerrero

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 19, 2009

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    Jardín Guerrero is a paved city block with a large fountain in the center, ringed by trees and wrought iron benches. The trees are close together with their foliage touching, and they trim the top and bottom branches in a straight line. The effect is like looking at a big solid hedge that is 8 or 9 feet off the ground.

    A peaceful, shady place to relax for a while.

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    Jardin Zenea

    by JessieLang Written Jun 19, 2009

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    Jardín Zenea is one of the main plazas, built in 1874, and it is really beautiful. There are lawns, masses of flowers, ornate benches and a nice bandstand. The trees in this plaza are trimmed into more of a mushroom shape instead of squares, and the fountain has a statue of the Greek goddess Hebe.

    There is live music several evenings each week. On Sundays an orchestra plays dance music for a mostly older crowd, and the whole square is filled with dancers. The Templo of San Francisco, a big pink church, is across the street.

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    Entrance to Queretaro

    by anagrettel Updated Dec 26, 2007

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    This monument located at the entrance of Queretaro, this is the statue of Conin,the chief of Jilotepec, also known as Fernando de Tapia. He was a native Mexican of the Otomi people, who helped the Spanish conquer territories in the central part of Mexico during the 16th century.

    In 1531, he helped to found the city of Santiago de Queretaro and was the first governor of the city. He became a noble to the Spanish crown.

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    Templo de San antonio

    by anagrettel Updated Dec 25, 2007

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    This small church is located at the Historic centre, between Corregidora and Ave. Peralta, it's small, not really an historic place but is really beautiful, the interior it's worth of a visit, I only could take pictures of exterior because they were celebrating mases at the moment.

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    templo & Ex convento de San Francisco

    by anagrettel Written Oct 22, 2007

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    This was the first religious building in Queretaro in 1540. THe temple was the city cathedral from 1865- 1922. Today is the Museo Refional de Queretaro.

    Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00hrs
    Cost: 37 pesos

    San Francisco temple
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    Jardin Zenea

    by anagrettel Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Located at the heart of the Historic centre, in front of temple of San Francisco. Build in 1874 and named after the founder of it Don NBenito Santos Zenea the gobernor of Queretaro at the time. I a beautiful garden for a family walk, you will find the typical cotton candies and Ballon sellers for the little ones, and a nice fountain to enjoy a peaceful evening.

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    Mexican Ice Cream a great experience!

    by anagrettel Written Oct 22, 2007

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    tepoznieves (The best Ice Cream)

    When walking around the historic center of Queretaro and if the weather is as hot aswhen I was there, this is a "Must" place to go for Ice cream, not the typical iceCream , Tepoznieves is a very natural and interesting choice, they have not so common flavors as well as the common ones, you can find all kind of flavors as Strawberry, Lemon, Mango, Lettuce, Tomato, Tequila and rose petals.

    My favorites: Tequila and Rose Petals IceCream. If you haven't experience those, you have to try it.

    Tepoznieves Ice Cream
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    The arch of "El Acueducto"

    by anagrettel Written Oct 22, 2007

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    The arch of "El Acueducto" is the icon of Queretaro, with 74 archs, build between 1726 & 1738 under order of Marquez de la Villa del Villar del Aguila, unser a petition made my the religious Sor Marcela due to finish the water problems of contamination and lack of water.

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    More... La Casa de la Marquesa

    by anagrettel Updated Oct 22, 2007

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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.

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