Monumento a San Francisco

Northern Highlands

This simple monument is a popular teenage hangout at night, but also remains a vessel for many an abuelita’s (grandmother’s) humble prayers. The views from here are magical.

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3. Santuario de la Virgen de la Piedra

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4. Cerro Mogotón

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5. Santuario de los Milagros

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6. Museo Segoviano

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7. Iglesia Santiago

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