Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico


Chihuahua is the capital city of the state of Chihuahua, the largest of the Mexican territory. It is a colonial destination with an important industrial development and maquiladoras

About Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

The city of Chihuahua, capital of the Mexican state with the same name, is a large agricultural, livestock, industrial, and commercial center. It is located in the north of Mexico and is characterized by a contrasting architecture, which preserves a provincial style.

The historic center of Chihuahua houses the cathedral, one of the most beautiful architectural works in the north of Mexico, which features a grand main entrance, a classic example of the Baroque. Facing the cathedral you will see Plaza de Armas, a wide tree-lined esplanade with fountains and a gazebo with the bust of Don Antonio Deza and Ulloa, who founded the city in 1709. On the square you will also find the city hall, an 18th-century building with Frenchified eclectic style. In this central area you can also visit the Museum of Sacred Art, whose collection includes paintings by famous colonial authors. To the west of the Cathedral is the 19th Century House, an elegant mansion built between 1887 and 1888. Today, it is a museum that houses a collection of works by the famous sculptor Enrique Carbajal, better known as Sebastián.

The Main Square is a pleasant pedestrian street lined with restaurants, shops, stalls of snacks, and old houses and buildings. The Government Palace and Casa Chihuahua are two emblematic buildings of the civic center of the city. The Antigua Plaza Hidalgo, hosts a commemorative column of the Father of the Nation and other insurgent leaders.

Another notable building is the Church of San Francisco, built between 1721 and 1741, where the headless body of Father Hidalgo was buried from his execution in 1811 to 1823, when his remains were gathered and taken to Mexico City. The Sanctuary of Guadalupe, is one of the oldest Neoclassic temples in the city. The Church of Santa Rita is a colonial temple built in honor of the unofficial patron saint of Chihuahua, Santa Rita. The city celebrates its most popular fair around the feast of this saint on May 22.

The city of Chihuahua has one of the most beautiful Porfirian mansions of the country: Quinta Gameros, a building from La Belle Epoque with quarry walls, Mansard roofs, and eclectic ornamental elements. The building houses the University Cultural Center and its furniture and interior decoration are the finest collection of art nouveau in Mexico.

Chihuahua also has important museums. The Historical Museum of the Revolution, known as House of Villa or Quinta Luz, is a mansion that exhibits weapons, documents, photographs, and objects related to the revolutionary movement in Chihuahua; the Semilla Museum is an attraction for children and features fun games and interactive devices; the Mamut Museum exhibits the natural history of the state with a sample of fossils; and the Casa Redonda Museum has temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

If you like to be in contact with nature, visit Grutas Nombre de Dios, grottos with stalactites and stalagmites that create thousands of figures. In addition, the train that covers the Chihuahua-Pacific route departs from this destination and its known as "El Chepe". This train rides daily through the Sierra Tarahumara on a journey of more than fifteen hours, crossing several bridges and tunnels, avoiding the huge mountains and glens.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).