San Luis Potosi is the capital city of the state bearing the same name. At 2,000m (6,000 feet) above sea level, it’s one of Mexico’s highest cities and lies at the heart of the interior plateau in Mexico.
With a population nearing 700,000 San Luis Potosi is a thriving city, and one of Mexico’s most historically significant places—so much of Mexico’s formative history revolves around it and this region.
Founded in 1592, its Historic Center (recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) preserves large and luxurious mansions that witness the opulence of times gone by; the same can be said of the temples and parishes that rise in the seven original neighborhoods that formed the city. The squares, meanwhile, are serene and also witness that modernity can be combined with the tranquility of provincial life.
Government Palace. From the outside, we can appreciate its elegant facade and its imposing pilasters, which stand out for their classic style.
Inside is where the true treasure is, if you are a lover of history and art, this place is the one for you, at the first court of the building, you will see the emblematic oil painting of priest Miguel Hidalgo, along with the oil paintings of the heroes of Mexico; José Mariano Jimenez, Vicente Guerrero, Guadalupe Victoria, and José María Morelos. Also wax sculptures of Juárez and Princess Salm-Salm, commemorative plaques, and in the center, the table on which the denial of clemency for Maximiliano, Miramón, and Mejía was signed.
It is one of the most important buildings in the history of the country, full of priceless objects, which will surely transport you to ancient Mexico.
De La Paz Theater was designed by the architect José Noriega, built between 1889 and 1894, and inaugurated on November 4 of this last year. It was remodeled between 1944 and 1949 by the architect Francisco Cossío. His first performance was Lucrecia Borgia, an opera by Gaetano Donizetti. It presents plays, opera, music, dance, children’s shows, conferences, and government reports. The area occupied by the Teatro de la Paz was originally a portion of the Carmen convent, which after the application of the Reform Laws was destined for a prison in 1870. Its construction began on September 16, 1889, under the direction of the Arq. José Noriega and was inaugurated on December 4, 1894. After the interior of the theater was completely renovated, of which only the exterior was preserved, by the Engineer Flavio Madrigal and the Architects Ignacio Algara and Francisco Javier Cossio, its reopening took place on September 16, 1949.
The Center for the Arts serves as an institution for the cultural and artistic development of the state and is one of the most important in the country since it shows all art disciplines: theater, dance, music, new technologies, literature, philosophy, popular culture, and visual arts.
Its objective is to promote the training-specialization, updating, and improvement of artists, teachers, technicians, creators, performers, researchers, artisans, and promoters, from the interaction with highly recognized artists and teachers in Mexico and abroad.
From its origin and until March 1999, the building was used as a penitentiary. Today the property is considered a historical monument.
In 1910, General Porfirio Díaz ordered that Francisco I. Madero be arrested on charges of attempted rebellion and outrage against the authorities. Madero was transferred to the then San Luis Potosí penitentiary. There he began the writing of the Plan of San Luis, promulgated a few weeks after Madero managed to escape and travel to the United States. With this historical fact, the Mexican Revolution formally began.
Central Building of the University. The most remote antecedent of higher education in San Luis Potosí is the old Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús, which was established on the same site where the emblematic building of the university currently stands. Its eclectic façade and architectural modifications, which have been carried out over the years, have not faded the spirit and educational tradition that began in the early seventeenth century.
The Society of Jesus was the fourth religious order to be established, they arrived in the town of San Luis Minas del Potosí in December 1623, after the signing, on November 3 of that same year in Mexico City, of the founding act for a College.
The Society of Jesus left the then city of San Luis Potosí and the territory of New Spain in 1767, in obedience to the order issued by King Carlos III for the purpose of expelling all the Jesuits who resided in the territories that were under his domain.
Tangamanga Park is Potosí’s Central Park
This space extends over an area of 420 hectares of the old Hacienda de la Tenería.
It is the second-largest urban park in Mexico, only after the Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico City.
This cultural and recreational center represents the most important lung of the city and faces the winds that come from the industrial zone with the million 800 thousand trees that it has and delivers 800 tons of oxygen to the citizens.
National Mask Museum. This museum is considered among the best in Mexico due to its peculiarity and a great collection of nearly a thousand masks from every corner of the Country. The exhibit is completed with a small collection of Asian masks, mainly from India.
Magic and tradition intertwined with the ancestral rite symbolism already lost in time and substituted for new and complex syncretism in which the popular wit is present in each false face.
This is an institution dedicated to the study, promotion, and spreading of the Mexican mask as a significant cultural product, aspiring to present the most characteristics of the mask and the endless traditions that represent the world, and linking its symbolism with different art expressions as well.
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