sinuous terrain prevented its founders
from complying with the colonial ordinance that imposed a rectilinear
and chessboard type layout for the cities during that time period.
They tried hardly to do it but it was impossible and the streets
where "born" steep and narrow, giving it a special look that has
not ceased to seduce travellers.
is a city, which has always been blessed
with daydream architecture. Home of working, hospitable and happy
people, that will welcome you with opened arms and will show you
the best of their land: its historic, evoking and monumental centre,
its museums revealers of history, the mining vocation that is transpired
in the nearby town of Real Monte, and the natural beauty of the
El Chico National Park.
Different itineraries. City and nature. Walks through narrow streets to verify the pass of time on the centenarian clock - designed by the same firm that built the Big Ben in London - that crowns a 40 meter high tower of neoclassical style; or unworried strolls through the dense woods of firs and pine trees in El Chico Park, a protected area since 1898.
There is still much to be known, in the centre and outside it and it seems that time will be scarce, for the hours announce their birth and death with the tolling of that gigantic clock that marks the heartbeat of a city dressed up with big old houses and temples, that experts regard as everlasting marks of the Hispanic architecture of the early period.
Time is shortening thus you need to hurry and now you are at the church of Asuncion, with its plain white façade that shows some glimpses of baroque; glimpses that turn to totality in San Francisco, a forced stop in the walk to the centre, because its old cloisters house the Anthropology and Regional History museums, besides the National Photo Archives (Fototeca Nacional), the most important graphic collection in the country.
Other unavoidable monuments are the building of Las Cajas Reales,
that dates back to 1670, and the Rule House, which simple façade
contradicts the ampleness of its rooms and the elegance of its corridors
decorated in that exquisite manner that was proper for the mansions
of the wealthy miners of Pachuca
. It currently
houses the city council.
The Mining museum is a unique place, for the activity is intimately
related to Pachuca
and the state of Hidalgo. Its
rooms allow you to know the history of the mines in this region
of Mexico, exploited since pre-Hispanic times and linked to the
progress of the city.
You cannot leave Pachuca
without visiting the Hidarte
craftsmanship house, a multicoloured fair, with embroideries, fabrics,
furniture, pottery, leatherworks, silver jewellery and basketworks.
The experience is much more enriching when you go inside the artisan's
workshops, because it allows you to know their techniques and production
processes at firsthand.
Again the ticking of the clock. Time is running out, is it too short
or is it just that Pachuca
is too attractive? Check
it out for yourself. That way you will get the answer.