Visiting San Cristobal City
Places to See in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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San Cristobal de las Casas, a beautiful colonial town that lies on the southern region of Chiapa, has been considered to be a traveller’s paradise with its quaint beauty which is shown by its colonial structures, baroque-style churches, several plazas, souvenir shops, cobblestone streets, museums, convents, and breath-taking views.
A San Cristobal de las Casas, located on the southern region of Chiapa, is a colonial town that maintains its quaint beauty with its cobblestone streets, red-tile roofs, several plazas, and remnants of the Spanish era.
Here are the main attractions of this town:
Templo de Santo Domingo
Built between1547 and 1560, this is considered by locals and visitors as the most beautiful church in the city.
This place of worship has a baroque façade made of pink-colored stones, while its interior has an ornate design that shows the grandeur of the colonial past. Meanwhile, the church has an annex which serves as a museum and souvenir shop that displays and sells native textiles.
Plaza 31 de Marzo
This is the city’s main square and is surrounded by quaint but grandeur colonial buildings that were built in 16th century. Most of the buildings were mansions of Spanish officials during the occupation.
Within the plaza lies a 17th century church which has an ornate exterior and interior design especially its opulent altar. On the south of the plaza also lies the Casa de Diego Mazariegos which was transformed into a hotel.
Near the hotel, visitors can also see the Palacio Municipal which is a 19th century building that has a neo-classic design.
Templo del Carmen
Because Mexico is a Catholic country, churches and other places of worship are very common. This is shown by a cathedral called Templo del Carmen which is a former convent for nuns and was built in1597.
Museo de los Altos de Chiapas
This is a museum that showcases the rich history and culture of San Cristobal de las Casas. However, one of the most impressive displays in this museum is the extensive collection of hand-woven textiles.
Centro de Estudios Cientificos
Considered to be the most important cultural center in the city, this colonial building has served as an institute that focuses on the preservation of Mexican rainforests and some native inhabitants whose way of life are constantly threatened by modernity and urbanization.
San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan
Located few miles outside the city, these two Indian villages are deeply-religious and still practice their local pre-colonial traditions. However, tourists may not be able to visit these villages without a native tour guide.