Historic Centre of Zacatecas

Historic Centre of Zacatecas

Zacatecas (Spanish pronunciation: [sakaˈtekas]) is a city and municipality in Mexico, and the capital and largest city of the state of Zacatecas. It is located in the north central part of the country. The city had its start as a Spanish mining camp in the mid-16th century. Prior to this, the area’s rich deposits in silver and other minerals were known. Due to the wealth that the mines provided, Zacatecas quickly became one of the most important cities in New Spain, with much of its silver enriching the Spanish crown. The area saw battles during the turbulent 19th century, but the next major event was the Battle of Zacatecas during the Mexican Revolution when Francisco Villa took the town. This event is still celebrated annually. Today, the city center is a World Heritage Site, due to the Baroque and other structures built during its mining heyday and mining still remains an important industry. The name Zacatecas is derived from the Zacateco people and has its roots in Nahuatl. The name literally means “people of the grasslands.”

Outline
Zacatecas (Spanish pronunciation: [sakaˈtekas]) is a city and municipality in Mexico, and the capital and largest city of the state of Zacatecas.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

    Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

  2. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

    Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

  3. Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

    Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

  1. Luis Barragán House and Studio

    Luis Barragán House and Studio

  2. León Cathedral

    León Cathedral

  3. Historic Centre of Puebla

    Historic Centre of Puebla

  1. Chaco Culture

    Chaco Culture

  2. Morne Trois Pitons National Park

    Morne Trois Pitons National Park

  3. Historic Town of Morelia

    Historic Town of Morelia

  1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  2. Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

    Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

  3. Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park

  1. La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico

    La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico

  2. Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park

  3. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

  1. Viñales Valley

    Viñales Valley

  2. Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

    Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

  3. Tikal National Park

    Tikal National Park

  1. University of Virginia

    University of Virginia

  2. Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

    Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

  3. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

    Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

  1. Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite National Park

  2. Darien National Park

    Darien National Park

  3. Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

    Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

  1. Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl

    Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl

  2. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

    Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

  3. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

    L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

  1. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

    Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

  2. Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

    Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

  3. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

    Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

  1. Ruins of León Viejo

    Ruins of León Viejo

  2. Nahanni National Park

    Nahanni National Park

  3. Old Town Lunenburg

    Old Town Lunenburg

  1. Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

    Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

  2. Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

    Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

  3. Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia

    Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia

  1. Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque

    Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque

  2. Independence Hall

    Independence Hall

  3. Mammoth Cave National Park

    Mammoth Cave National Park

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top