Walking tour: 200 years of baroque exuberance in downtown Queretaro
The discovery and conquest of the New Continent coincided with a transcendental religious clash in Europe. One of the aftermaths of the split of Christianity was the Catholic church's boost of a new art style, the "baroque".
Since the first years of the conquest and after the discovery of huge silver deposits in northern New Spain, Queretaro became the granary, manufacturer and crossroad to and from the mines and Mexico City. The economic effect of this commerce activity enabled the richest families in Queretaro to sponsor the creation of baroque building, painting, sculpturing, music and lyric writing.
Along the years, due to a change of style and constant conflicts in the country, many baroque examples and masterpieces were lost forever. Nevertheless, much was saved to see and admire, so take yourself a chance to know some of the marvels left in the city.
Meeting at the Holy Cross convent stairs.
Visit several sites and corners along the city where you'll be able to admire catholic temples, former convents, fountains, offices, mansions, museums and even the ancient hospital in the most exuberant baroque style buildings from the XVI to the XVIII centuries.
You'll compare these baroque marvels with a few neo-classical style examples, but it won't be just architecture, there are paintings, furniture and sculptures too, that survived the coming of the new style and survived the destruction due to the constant conflicts in the country.
We'll take a break in the middle to take a light refreshment and a meal once we finish the tour in a traditional restaurant, so you can enjoy its historical local cuisine.
I recommend you to take a look at the gallery of the tour.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Holy Cross Convent stairs. In the corner of Independencia street and Felipe Luna street. Barrio La Cruz.
Duration: 6 hours
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
245 Mexican Pesos - Admission tickets in six different museums:
La Cruz convent. $20 MXP
Zacatecana museum. $45 MXP
Regional Museum. $60 MXP
Sacred Art museum. $60 MXP
Art museum. $30 MXP
Santa Rosa museum. $30 MXP
- Food, Drinks, Snacks