Aguascalientes [26] was called the Perforated City by the Spanish when they arrived here in 1575 because of the many unexplained catacombs, not open to the public today. The 18th century Baroque cathedral which sits on one side of the large Plaza de la Patria is just one of the many colonial churches in the city. The Museum of Death shows Mexico´s interest in death right back to pre-Hispanic times.


San Luis Potosí [27], an important silver mining town in colonial times was founded in 1592. It was named after the fabulously rich Potosí in Bolivia and its patron saint is Saint Louis, King of France from 1234 to 1270. The Spanish laid out a grid town plan with many parks and plazas. Today it is a delight with most of the historic centre pedestrianised. Many churches and beautiful public buildings from the 17th to 19th centuries remain in use.


Aguascalientes´s Cathedral

Church domes

Templo de San Antonio

Old Town Hall of Aguascalientes

In Mexico there is a different attitude to death ...

... from pre-Hispanic to modern times ...

… as displayed in the Museum of Death in Aguascalientes

Cathedral San Luis Potosí

Statue of Louis IX, patron Saint of San Luis Potosí, on the altar

Jesuit Church and Loreto Chapel

Royal Treasury building


Another balcony

Templo del Carmen

Elaborate carvings inside of Templo del Carmen

San Miguelito

Decorative window

Molcajete - grilled meat, cactus, chillies, onions, avacado and cheese served in a stone mortar