Museo Pedro Coronel
Another museum that will test your endurance - but will reward your time spent there. This place a little of everything and quite a lot of (surprisingly)
2. Piranesi (the best drawing of the column of Trajan I have ever seen)
3. African masks
4. Pre-columbian ceramics and sculpture
Some of Mexcio's best colonial period architecture can be seen by wandering around the streets of Zacatecas. Site for the State capital and a university, Zacatecas has an air of sophistication for its size. Walking the streets you can discover many gems.
Bufa is an old Spanish word for wineskin, which the peak looks like with a little imagination, or wine or both;-\ The peak is norhteast of the city center and is topped with large rock outcroppings. From atop here, the views out over the City and beyond are memorable. You can get up here with the Teleferico; there is a road, the Carretera de la Bufa, going north from the City center - follow roadsigns to the La Bufa; or you can use a footpath that begins just east of the Cathedral. Atop the peak is the Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas, a weather station and La Capilla de la Virgen del Patrocinio, named for the patron saint of miners and Zacatecas. Around 8 September, thousands of pilgrims make their way to the chapel en route to the healing powers inherent within the 18th century altar's image of the Virgin.
The easiest way up to the top of the Cerro de la Bufa is to take the teleferico across from the station on the base of the Cerro de la Grilla. From the center, walk up the stairs of the Callejon de Garcia Rojas. The teleferico runs every 15 minutes from noon til 1930. Views across the city get grander the higher up you go.
Not quite as magnificent as the Cathedral, the Templo was built by Jesuits in the 1740's. With the expulsion of the Jesuits from the New World in 1767, this church was taken over by Dominican monks. The baroque exterior is more sober than the Cathedral, but inside, there are some elaborately gilded baroque side altars with a magnificent staricase. The church is the second most important in the city.
Next to the Templo, in a former Jesuit college, is the Museo Pedro Coronel. Coronel was an affluent Zacatecan artist who collected art from around the World and produced soem pieces of his own. The museum is one of Mexico's finest provincial art museums.
Just to the north of the fabulous cathedral is an open square - the Plaza de Armas. On the east side, dating from the 18th century, is the Palcio de Gobierno. In the main staircase is a fine painted mural depicting the history of Zacatecas State. More government offices are housed on the west side of the square in the white Palacio de la Mala Noche - built in the 18th century for owners of the neraby Mala Noche mine.
Built between 1729 and 1752, the pink stones relect the ultimate in Mexican baroque. Built by the exceedingly affluent silver barons, the front facade is simply magnificient. Inside, the cathedral is rather plain, belying the former riches that used to lie within only to be looted by this army or that .
The family in the foreground of the picture is the Castaneda family, my glorious hosts for the daytrip from Aguascalientes. I had been involved in an eyeclinic in Aguascalientes and the family volunteered to show me a little of his region of Mexico in return. They had asked me which of the two Silver Cities I would like to see - Guanajuato or Zacatecas - both being about equidistant from Aguascalientes in opposite directions. I asked which they would choose ..... and off to Zacatecas we went!
In the teleférico you go from the top of a mountain to another crossing part of the city. the view is fantastic and is an unforgetable experience, for the children specially, the [teléferico] has capacity for 6 people and they relate you their history during the journey.
The trip toward the mine is carried out by some funny cars, that prevents any car accident, the visit is absolutely sure, in the place where you take the car, there is stores of crafts, where you could find from a small stone, until an enormous rock with srystals inside.
In the mine of the Eden your could get lower several meters, about three levels, in order to know more about the mining , it is a terrific experience and you will learn a legend, the visits are been guided by an expert .
There is a section that's really incredible in the museum, there are a lot of paintings about friers, that follow your steps with their eyes.
Near this section there is a room where you can see, throw a window, the inside part of the church, when there is a celebrations it is a good idea.
Visit the Museo & Templo de Guadalupe, the museum has a lot of colonial paintings owned by Franciscans, almost all very large & kind of dark, very interesting museum even more of some in Zacatecas.
There's a Fantastic library with very antique books.
The mina del eden is one of the most popular places, getting inside there is fantastic and is cold too coz you go very deep into the mine. One of the ways to get inside is by a little train. Is very cool try to imagine the way of living and working of the miners in that time.
This muesum is very original not only for the theme of the exposition but the great building where this exposition is at. It was a convent that was distroy. But it keep almost all the structure and now have great gardens.
The exposition is about a mask collection from all mexico.
This church and convent was built in the XVI century, inside there´s an interesting museum of universal art (The Pedro Coronel Museum)