Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro

Queretaro is another 16th century colonial town, complete with the Baroque monuments appropriate to its 17th and 18th century economic golden age.

Queretaro

Queretaro

I wouldn’t say that any particular building was spectacular from the outside but the overall urban ensemble is pleasing enough and I did see a couple of decoratively arcaded courtyards.

Queretaro - courtyard of art museum, formerly a monastery

Queretaro - courtyard of art museum, formerly a monastery

The town also has a long and impressive 18th century aqueduct.

Queretaro - aqueduct

Queretaro - aqueduct

The UNESCO description makes particular mention of the fact that the town has both the urban grid of the Spanish settlement and the twisting alleys of the part of town occupied by the indigenous people  – apperently they all lived happily side by side unusually. However, I could not see this on the ground. The whole of the area covered by my map seemed to be gridded although it was cut through by a couple of non rectilinear streets, but that didn’t seem to match the description. Anyway, that is apparently one of the reasons for its listing.

Queretaro

Queretaro

One of the highlights of Queretaro for me was finding a curry restaurant offering vegetarian dishes. What tickled me was the sign outside specifically touting English curry, rather than Indian food. I’ve never had a dhansak with pineapple chunks in it before but it was tasty nonetheless. It was also considerably less oily than the usual curry house meal.

Queretaro - curry restaurant sign

Queretaro - curry restaurant sign

I decided it was time for a non church Lego model, so went for this house on one of the shady tree planted squares.

Queretaro

Queretaro

You will notice that I’ve had to cut off one bay through shortage of parts however:

Lego Queretaro

Lego Queretaro

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