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Top Choice Museum in Zacatecas

Museo Rafael Coronel

The excellent Museo Rafael Coronel is not to be missed. Imaginatively housed in the ruins of the lovely 16th-century Ex-Convento de San Francisco, it houses Mexican folk art collected by Zacatecan artist Rafael Coro…
Top Choice Museum in Zacatecas

Museo del Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez

This superb abstract-art museum is worth visiting for the building alone; originally a seminary, it was later used as a prison and has been renovated to create some remarkable exhibition spaces, transforming the for…
Top Choice Museum in Zacatecas

Museo Pedro Coronel

The extraordinary Museo Pedro Coronel is housed in a 17th-century former Jesuit college and, given that it was recently remodeled, is one of provincial Mexico's best art museums. Pedro Coronel (1923−85) was an afflu…
Landmark in Zacatecas

Cerro de la Bufa

The most appealing of the many explanations for the name of the hill that dominates Zacatecas is that bufa is an old Basque word for wineskin, which is apparently what the rocky formation looks like. The views from …
Mine in Zacatecas

Mina El Edén

Visiting one of Mexico's richest mines (1586−1960s) provides an insight into a source of wealth and the terrible price paid for it. Digging for hoards of silver, gold, iron, copper and zinc, enslaved indigenous peop…
Cathedral in Zacatecas

Catedral

Built between 1729 and 1752, the pink-stone cathedral is an ultimate expression of Mexican baroque. The stupendous main facade is a wall of detailed carvings; this has been interpreted as a giant symbol of the taber…
Plaza in Zacatecas

Plaza de Armas

This recently renovated plaza is north of the cathedral. The Palacio de Gobierno on the plaza's east side was built in the 18th century for a colonial family. In the turret of its main staircase is a mural of the hi…
Museum in Zacatecas

Museo Toma de Zacatecas

This museum memorializes the 1914 battle fought on the slopes of the Cerro de la Bufa in which the revolutionary División del Norte, led by Pancho Villa and Felipe Ángeles, defeated President Victoriano Huerta’s for…
Museum in Zacatecas

Museo Zacatecano

Zacatecas' former mint (Mexico's second-biggest in the 19th century) now houses the wonderful Museo Zacatecano. Spread over a number of rooms, this contemporary museum exhibits a weird mix of all things zacatecano. …
Religious in Zacatecas

La Morisma

Usually held the last weekend in August, La Morisma features a spectacular mock battle commemorating the triumph of the Christians over the Muslims in old Spain. Two rival 'armies' – around 10,000 participants from …