FRESNILLO

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Tourism in FRESNILLO

It is the second largest city in Zacatecas and was founded by Francisco Ibarra in 1554. Throughout much of its history, the city’s fate has followed the boom and bust of the mines and you can see it in the streets and in the colonial-era buildings. Today, Fresnillo continues to stand as one of the world’s largest producers of silver.

This city has been the birthplace of great artists and prominent politicians and offers several attractions including squares, monuments, gardens, museums and mines.

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Tourist Attractions in FRESNILLO

José González Echeverría Theater

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city topped with a stone balustrade and an iconic clock stands in the middle. Its construction began in 1833 and is a place full of history, art, culture and legends.

Jardín del Obelisco (Obelisk Park)

The park was built in 1833, has a beautiful solar clock and an obelisk. The plate in this monument is engraved with distances between Fresnillo and other points on the planet like the Greenwich meridian (10,510 km / 6,531 miles) and the Equator (2,574 km /1,599 miles), to name a few.

Templo de la Purificación
Templo de la Purificación
Templo de la Purificación (Temple of Purification)

It is located right on the old town square and is the oldest temple in the city built in 1750. It houses a figure of the Virgen de la Candelaria, Fresnillo’s patron saint. Inside you can admire neoclassical altarpieces.

Hemiciclo a Hidalgo

Located in a beautiful park this is a large structure made of stone.

Museo Ágora José González Echeverría (Museum)

Museum is housed in a former mansion built in 1852. There are 9 rooms dedicated to Fresnillo’s historical figures like: Manuel M. Ponce, Francisco Goitia and Mateo Gallegos, among others. Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 20:00 hrs. Saturdays and Sundays from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Museo de la Minería Napoleón Gómez Sada (Mining Museum)

The mining museum promotes appreciation, knowledge and protection of the cultural and historical heritage, created over more than two hundred years of mining history. It includes restored original equipment and machinery, clothing and associated items. The museum has it’s own library with important documents related to mining. Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 20:00 hrs. Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs. and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00 hrs.

Proaño Tourist Mine

This is one of the world’s largest and most profitable silver mines. The mining tour travels 700 m (2,296 ft.) underground; during this exciting experience you will learn about the earth’s resources and the mine history while you explore some open cuts, veins, suspension bridges and a shaft. There is a scenic viewpoint, a small zoo and a museum.

"Los Jales" Ecological Park
“Los Jales” Ecological Park
Los Jales Ecological Park

The park includes the Jales Dam and is recommended for a quiet hike, mountain biking and rock climbing; but you can also enjoy the adrenaline rush and the magnificent view when you ride our zip-line. You can also embark on a self-guided tour in a kayak or in pedal boats. Inside the lake there is a small island with a 10-meter (33 feet) tall climbing wall. The park also offers a picnic area.

Granja de Berries (Berries Farm)

Located close to Fresnillo in the communities of Beleña and Rivera. The farm grows organic strawberries and blackberries and you can pick your own fruit. Other option is to horse ride through bushes of berries. While visiting the farm enjoy the natural juices, the homemade jams, the “nieves” (water-based ice cream) and the liqueurs.

Santuario del Santo Niño de Atocha, Plateros

Santuario del Santo Niño de Atocha
Santuario del Santo Niño de Atocha

Plateros is located 5 kilometers from Fresnillo and is the third most visited temple in Mexico, every year more than two million arrived here to visit the “chaparrito” of Plateros.

The shrine was built more than two hundred year ago with a Baroque façade composed of pink quarry and is beautifully decorated. And through all these years the Santo Niño’s reputation as a miracle worker increased and this is a major place of pilgrimage.

Next to the Sanctuary is a small cloister and all over the walls the pilgrims hung “retablos” or ex-votos, painted prayers for healing after an accident or injury.

In the immediate vicinity outside the temple, you can see numerous stalls with religious merchandising, especially replicas in all sizes of Santo Niño de Atocha.

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