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Historic Centre of Zacatecas
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1546
Date of Inscription: 1993
Location: North America, Mexico, Zacatecas State, Zacatecas Municipality
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Description: Zacatecas, which was founded in 1546 following the unearthing of a rich silver lode, rapidly reached the peak of its prosperity in the 16th and 17th centuries. The town was built on the steep slopes of a narrow valley; it is rich with awe-inspiring views and countless older religious and civil buildings. Dominating the centre of the town is the cathedral, erected between 1730 and 1760. As in many other Mexican sites European and indigenous decorative elements here are found side by side, this site however is distinguished for its harmonious design and the Baroque profusion of its façades. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Zacatecas is a city in Mexico, the capital of the state of Zacatecas. It was founded 1548, two years after the nearby discovery of silver, and became an officially-recognized city in 1584. Its population as of the 2005 census was 122,889. Zacatecas is also the municipal seat of the municipality of Zacatecas which surrounds the city. The municipality had a population of 132,035 and an area of 444 km² (171.4 sq mi). The city is the largest in the state, slightly larger than Fresnillo (pop. 110,892), but the municipality of Fresnillo (pop. 196,538) is larger than the municipality of Zacatecas because it includes a much larger land area with more population in its outlying communities. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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