Aguascalientes is the capital and largest city of the central Mexican state of the same name. The city currently has a metro population of around 1,000,000.
Aguascalientes is one of Mexico’s fastest growing cities, as can be seen from its relatively small historic core and the variety of more modern neighborhoods that surround it.
The Latin motto of Aguascalientes, “Tierra Buena, Gente Buena, Agua Clara, Cielo Claro” “Tierra Bella” would be missing due to its large number of attractions. We present you the 12 most important.
The capital of Aguascalientes supports the denomination of the state and the city with several spas and places to enjoy the thermal waters that have made the region famous.
One of the most traditional sites are the Baños de Ojocaliente, which date back to the 19th century, whose waters come from the spring of the same name.
But the city of Aguascalientes is much more than warm and medicinal waters. It has a magnificent historic center, beautiful parks and a first-rate sports and festive program in which the famous San Marcos Fair, the Calaveras Fair, soccer and motor sports stand out.
Like almost all the central squares of colonial cities with Spanish heritage, the one in Aguascalientes began with the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the other buildings and spaces that make up a Hispanic city heart.
Other places of interest in the center are the Barrio de San Marcos, where the Garden of the same name and the Barrio del Encino are located. The emblematic places of this neighborhood are the Temple of the Lord of the Encino and the Encino Garden.
In the first quadrant of the historic center of Aguascalientes is the also called Plaza Principal and Plaza de la Patria. On its west side is the cathedral; in the east there are shops, including the building where the old Hotel Francia was; On the north side are the Legislative Palace and the building of the old Imperial Hotel; and in the South, the Government Palace and the Municipal Palace.
All are places of interest, as well as the Exedra, a monument that symbolizes the central point of Mexico.
In front of the Plaza de la Patria is this beautiful temple, built during the first half of the 18th century and consecrated in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption. It has two neoclassical twin towers, which are a geographical reference in the city. The main façade is New Spanish Baroque, made of carved pink stone, and its interior is neoclassical, with an Ionic colonnade. The walls are beautifully decorated with plant figures.
This majestic building in the city of Aguascalientes was erected between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on behalf of the Franciscans. It is one of the religious buildings where it is possible to appreciate more artistic styles in all of Mexico, despite the fact that it is relatively recent and it only took 13 years to build.
To the Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical styles that usually coexist in works of delayed construction, this temple adds Arab motifs and a bulb dome that is reminiscent of Russian architecture. The architectural beauty is highlighted by the different shades of the local stone used.
Visible from several localities in the state and with a peak that rises almost 2,500 meters above sea level, is the natural symbol of Aguascalientes. Residents and visitors of the capital, which is about 10 kilometers away, enjoy the splendid sunsets, which are a symphony of colors on the profile of the hill.
The name comes from a legend, according to which an indigenous priest mysteriously disappeared when bathing in one of the thermal pools. It has beautiful oak forests and part of its extension is protected for the preservation of fauna and flora.
This hydro-warm municipality is in the north-central area of the state and has several tourist attractions. Among these are the Museum of the Insurgency, the Temple of San Blas and a well where, according to tradition, the priest and leader of Independence, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, stopped to quench his thirst.
One of the most beloved characters in the town is the priest Elías Nieves Castillo, better known as Father Nieves, beatified in 1997 by Juan Pablo II. The father has his monument and his annual party in the San José neighborhood.
It is a Mexican Magical Town. Its most outstanding places are the Church of Our Lady of Bethlehem, which dates from the early eighteenth century; the Municipal Presidency, with a beautiful clock from the Porfiriato era; the Articulated Christ, with bony parts from the 17th century; the Cactaceae Museum and the Cerro de Altamira, the third highest peak in the state of Aguascalientes.
There are also very attractive houses, such as Larrañaga and Minero.
Nothing symbolizes the city of Aguascalientes better than the San Marcos National Fair, which is attended by people from all over the country and from abroad. In the so-called «Feria de México» the most traditional livestock exhibition in Latin America takes place and the bullfighting poster is of great renown in the region.
The typical charrería shows compete with the mechanical games, in a framework of color, music and culinary delights. Nights are for the big massive music shows at the Teatro del Pueblo and for fun in clubs and bars. The appointment each year is between April and May.
The Festival of the Skulls is another colorful celebration in Aguascalientes. Its reference dates are November 1 and 2, All Saints Day and Day of the Faithful Departed, so it takes place between the end of October and the beginning of November.
It is a mixture of celebration for life and honor and respect for death. The programming is very varied and includes events of tradition such as the grape harvest and the traditional market or tianguis, and cultural events, street theater and musical shows. Large dolls bear replicas of skulls as evidence of death.
The fans fervently for the Necaxa, even though the club has been in the city of Aguascalientes only since 2003. Despite the fact that most of their laurels were won when they were in Mexico City, the hydrocalids celebrated the runner-up in the Tournament Closing 2016.
The Rayos play at the Victoria Stadium, with capacity for almost 24,000 fans, named after the well-known beer brand of Grupo Modelo.
Due to its location in central Mexico, the culinary art of Aguascalientes has been nurtured from all regions of the country, incorporating the local touch, mainly through its delicious fruits, such as grapes, peaches and guava. Among the most popular regional dishes are the pozole de lengua, the golden taquitos and the “flautas”, stuffed with meat or cheese. Fruit juices and sangria are the ideal liquid supplement.
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