Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

The majestic cathedral, built between 1725 and 1826, presides over the bustle of the Plaza de Armas. Behind its marvelous baroque facade are an altar of Italian marble and the original organ installed in 1796.

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Nearby Chihuahua & Central North Mexico attractions

1. Plaza de Armas

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Chihuahua’s historic heart, with its mass of pigeons, shoe-shiners and cowboy-hatted characters, is a simple but pretty place. A bronze sculpture of the…

2. Museo Sebastián

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The main draws of this restored 1880s gallery are the small-scale models of the massive metal sculptures by renowned Chihuahuan artist Sebastián, whose…

3. Museo Casa de Juárez

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President Benito Juárez’ residence in this house during the French occupation made Chihuahua the capital of the Mexican republic from 1864 to 1866. Now a…

4. Museo de Hidalgo

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This tiny Museo de Hidalgo in the Palacio de Gobierno concentrates on the life of Miguel Hidalgo, a priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence…

5. Casa Chihuahua

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Chihuahua’s former Palacio Federal (built 1908–10) has been used as a mint, a monastery, a military hospital and a post office, but is now a beautifully…

6. Palacio de Gobierno

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The courtyard of this handsome, 19th-century, state-government building features striking 1960s murals by Aarón Piña Mora showing Chihuahua’s highly…

7. Poliforum de UACH

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On the southeast side of Plaza Hidalgo, this University of Chihuahua gallery has two permanent exhibits that showcase the work of two prominent…

8. Quinta Gameros

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Built in an incredibly elaborate belle epoque architectural style by a wealthy mine owner, this museum is filled with a mix of period furnishings and art…