Centro de las Artes Centenario

San Luis Potosí

Up until 1999, this striking building was a prison believed to have briefly held Francisco Madero. Ten years later, it was transformed – without losing its fundamental design – into an arts and cultural center. Some of the former cells have been maintained; others have been converted into offices. It's a must visit for architects. At 5pm, 6pm and 7pm there are guided tours (in Spanish; tip the guides).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby San Luis Potosí attractions

1. Templo de San José

0.89 MILES

Inside the Templo de San José, facing the Alameda's south side, lies the image of El Señor de los Trabajos, a Christ-like figure attracting pilgrims from…

3. Alameda

0.97 MILES

The Alameda Juan Sarabia marks the eastern boundary of the downtown area. It used to be the vegetable garden of the monastery attached to the Templo del…

4. Museo Nacional de la Máscara

0.97 MILES

This superb museum displays a fascinating collection of ceremonial masks from across Mexico and around the world, and does a good job at explaining the…

5. Museo del Virreinato


Beside the Templo del Carmen, this museum has a large collection of paintings and artifacts from the Spanish vice-regency. More of interest might be its…

7. Templo de San Francisco

1.02 MILES

The altar of the 17th- and 18th-century Templo de San Francisco was remodeled in the 20th century, but the sacristy (the priest's dressing room), reached…

8. Templo del Carmen

1.02 MILES

The Churrigueresque Templo del Carmen (1749−64) is San Luis's most spectacular structure. On the vividly carved stone facade, hovering angels show the…