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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro, Mexico

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro is a World Heritage Site recognizing the history old town of Querétaro, located within the modern city and state of the same name in Mexico. The city is located 213 km to the northwest of Mexico City. It was founded on 25 July, 1531.


Street of Querétaro, Mexico
Street of Querétaro, Mexico
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The outstanding universal feature of the old town of Querétaro is reflected in the street plan. The original twisting alleys in the native quarters of the city are retained alongside the grid plan laid by the Spanish conquerors. Although the Spanish and natives fought each other before the city was established, the town plan shows that the various indigenous tribes were able to live in peace with the Spanish, which erect ornate civil and religious Baroque structures, many of which are well preserved to this day.

According to the World Heritage Committee, Querétaro is "an exceptional example of a colonial town whose layout symbolizes its multi-ethnic population." Unlike many towns in Mexico, Querétaro is given a native name which means "at the ball court", in reference to the narrow valley in which it is situated.


Museo de Arte, Querétaro
Museo de Arte, Querétaro
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The location of Querétaro made it an important supply hub for the mining towns of Guanajuato and Zacatecas, and this no doubt contribute to its wealth, which is reflected in the fine buildings erected in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee Mérida, Mexico, 2 - 7 December, 1996.


Catedral de Querétaro
Catedral de Querétaro
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N20 34 60 W100 22 0 in the municipality and state of Querétaro, Mexico
Inscription Year: 1996
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV
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