Querétaro radiates history and tradition. Santiago de Querétaro can be considered the hotbed of history in the state, or even Mexico, starting with the historic center or Centro Histórico. Querétaro is the first state where Mexicans declared their independence. It has many monuments, museums, haciendas and other historical sites for you to enjoy. It is no wonder that the capital of the state, Santiago de Querétaro, has been designated a World Heritage City by UNESCO. As such, Querétaro is one of the best places in the country to make it your base for exploring colonial Mexico.
Top Historical Sites in Quéretaro
Historic Center – Called locally in Spanish, Centro Historico (sen-troh ee-stoh-ree-koh), is the most popular hangout spot in Santiago de Querétaro by both locals and visitors. It features colonial era haciendas and ex-convents converted into hotels, restaurants, and museums. There are beautifully groomed parks as well as statues and other decorations that will wear out your feet in order to see all of them. If you are looking for souvenirs and gifts, the Centro has plenty of shopping options as well.
The Aqueduct – With 74 arches of quarry, a maximum height reaching 23 meters, and stretching across 1,280 meters, the Aqueduct is certainly a symbol of the city of Querétaro that can be seen from many locations in the distance and can be seen up close for a great photo.
Parish and Ex-Convent of San Agustin – This Baroque-style building was built in around 1731 and currently is an art museum.
The Regional Museum – This is an ex-convent of Santa Rosa de Viterbo and holds some of the most important vice regal paintings of the country.
The Republic Theater – Inaugurated in 1852 and named Great Iturbide Theatre, this theater held many events that defined the history of Mexico. Today international artists perform different shows and concerts here.