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Mexico City - La Capital


San Luis Potosí

A Franciscan mission was established in the city in 1583, nine years before the city's founding in 1592. San Luis grew rapidly thanks to the region's rich gold and silver mines, a source of the Mexican treasures that filled the Manila galleons.

The city is named after Louis IX of France (also known in Mexico as San Luis Rey de Francia, Saint Louis, King of France), its patron saint. The Potosí was added in reference to the fabulously rich mines of Potosí, Bolivia, discovered some forty years before the city was founded.

The city is known for its European influenced architecture. Architecturally, downtown San Luis is very similar to cities in Spain.

The "Plaza de Armas" is home to a cathedral and governor's palace, and chatting couples and families enjoying popsicles can be seen around the city at times. The nearby "Templo de Nuestra Señora del Carmen," with its colorful tiled domes and famous altars, is considered among Mexico's finest churches.

San Luis Potosí, also called SLP or simply San Luis, is the capital of and most populous city in the state of San Luis Potosí. At an elevation of 1850 meters (6,070 feet), the city is 300 m higher than the U.S. city of Denver, Colorado.

In the last census the metropolitan area of San Luis Potosí, had an approximately population of 957,753.

San Luis Potosi Square - Mexico San Luis Potosi Courtyard - Mexico San Luis Potosi La Paz Theater- Mexico

San Luis Potosi Steeple - Mexico San Luis Potosi Church - Mexico

The historic center and adjacent sites are currently candidates to become World Heritage Site by Unesco, some of its historic sites are:

Catedral de San Luis Potosí
Templo del Carmen
Teatro de la Paz
Teatro Alameda
Palacio Municipal
Palacio de Gobierno
Casa Martí
Museo de la Máscara
Edificio Ipiña
Edificio Central de la UASLP
Templo de San Francisco
Templo de San Agustín
Casa de Moneda
Casa de la Virreina
Antigua Casa de la Cultura
Museo Francisco Cossío Lagarte
Museo Federico Silva
Capilla de Aranzazú
Monumento a la Bandera
Plaza de Toros Fermín Rivera

The Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) is in the city, based on a Jesuit College founded in 1624 and is recognized as one of Latin America's best universities.

For a time in 1863 during the French invasion of gross, San Luis Potosí served as the capital of the republican government under President Benito Juárez.

San Luis Potosi Altarpiece - Mexico
San Luis Potosi Domes - Mexico
San Luis Potosi Court - Mexico
San Luis Potosi Park - Mexico

San Luis Potosi Carmel - Mexico

The Plan of San Luis Potosí, issued November 20, 1910, was the opening shot of Mexico's revolution against the dictator Porfirio Díaz. The Mexican presidential election of 1910 was stolen when Díaz had his opponent Francisco I. Madero arrested and imprisoned. Madero fled and issued the Plan of San Luis Potosí, declaring the election void and calling upon Mexicans to take up arms against the government.

Some of the major sites outside the historic center are: Sierra de Álvarez y Valle de los Fantasmas, Parque Tangamanga I, being the second largest urban park in México only after Mexico City Chapultepec Park, Parque Tangamanga II, Camino a la Presa de San José, Manantiales y Balneario de Gogorrón, Pueblo de Santa María del Río, famous for its silk rebozos y Cañada del Lobo.

San Luis Potosí is considered the tenth largest metropolitan area in Mexico, with a population of approximately one million inhabitants. The city is a major commercial and industrial center worldwide. It lies in an economically advantageous area at the heart of the "triangle" formed by the three largest cities in Mexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

In recent years, the city has attracted the attention of European and American investors due to political, social and economic stability. This has led to the opening of large multinational companies that have aided in the city's economic development. Recently San Luis Potosi and its metropolitan area was named the third best city in which to live in Mexico.

San Luis Potosi Plaza - Mexico
San Luis Potosi Park - Mexico
San Luis Potosi at Night - Mexico

San Luis Potosi Church - Mexico San Luis Potosi La Paz Theater- Mexico San Luis Potosi Archway - Mexico

Begins and ends in Mexico City.

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