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Sister City - Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
History of Santiago de Queretaro
Founded by an Otomi Indian, Fernando de Tapia in 1531 and 1532.
The Apostle James appeared on a white steed carrying a shimmering cross during hand-to-hand combat between Otomi and Spanish.
Declared a town in 1606 and 50 years later it became a City.
Although originally an Indian Village, the colonial architecture prevails:
The Church of San Francisco
Royal Hospital of San Jose de Gracia
Royal Hospital of the Immaculate Conception 16th and 17th Centuries Carmelite friars constructed the El Carmen and its convent church.
Dominicans came and built the Convent of Santo Domingo.
In 1996, the Historic Monuments Zone of Queretaro is a
World Heritage site.
Economy of Santiago de Queretaro
Municipality ranked 23rd in Mexico on the United Nations Index of Human Development.
Ranks 13th place in the 2006 rankings of "Best Cities to do Business in Latin America by America Economia.
In 2007 rankings, it is considered the 2nd best place in Mexico to do business (after Monterrey) and 5th best in Latin America.
Commercial center of over half a million in population (5th fastest growing in the country).
Juncture of two major highways - less than 2.5 hours from Mexico City.
Agriculture, livestock and manufacturing.
Center of amethyst, opal, and topaz.
Mines produce mercury, zinc, and lead.
Our Friendship with Queretaro
Sister City Photos
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