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-House of the Marchioness: Its baroque façade with delicate and exquisite works in carved stone, its Moorish interior decoration and the superb archway of its patios, turn it into a magnificent example of colonial architecture in Queretaro. It was built in 1756 commissioned by Antonio de Alday.
The two storey House was inhabited by the Marchioness of Villa del Villar del Águila, hence it was baptized as the House of the Marchioness.
It is currently a luxurious hotel located on N° 41 Madero Street.

-House of Don Bartolo: It is one of the greatest expressions of civil architecture in Queretaro. It presents a beautiful façade of eclectic features that combine characteristics from the XVII and XVIII centuries. It is known as the "House of the Ghosts" because according to popular tales, his ancient owner, Bartolo Sardanetta y Legaspi, earl of Rayas, may have murdered his sister.
Besides, pacts with the devil in exchange of glory and wealth were attributed to this dark character, which may have allow him to amass an important fortune.
It is located on N° 23 Pasteur Street.
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    -House of Ecala: It was the property of Tomas Lopez de Ecala y Baquedano, a mayor of Queretaro who refurbished the façade of his house every now and then, though the negative part of this matter is that he made use of this constant remodelling to appropriate a chunk of the adjacent lots, until one day one of his neighbours sued him.
    Besides the sentence of the judge, the parties had agreed on that the loser had to shut close his main balcony, the maximum offence in those times.
    The case was won by Don Tomas who, strengthen by his victory, devoted himself to the ornamentation of his house, turning it into one of the most sublime samples of the baroque of the XVIII century in Queretaro, becoming since then a source of inspiration for architects and designers. The façade of the House of Ecala is superbly decorated, with outstanding large windows (one of them shows a delicate rock carving resembling a drape), balconies of cast iron and an elegant doorway.
    It is located at one side of the Plaza de Armas.

    -House of the Dogs: Also called the Big House (due to its large dimensions), it is a notable example of civil architecture of the XVIII century in Queretaro. Its façade presents numerous gargoyles sculpted in quarry stones with the appearance of dogs (its name comes from this detail), while there is a prodigious fountain of water, flanked by four effigies, in the patio.
    It is said that the house was designed and built by Ignacio Mariano de las Casas, illustrious architect who inhabited the residence until the time of his death in 1773. Later it would be occupied by Mrs Josefa Vergara Hernandez, generous benefactor of social good works.
    The premises are currently used by a kindergarten. It is located between General Arteaga Avenue and Allende Street.

    -House of the Earl of Sierra Gorda: It is another interesting house of the XVIII century which characterises for the baroque style of its façade and for presenting a main patio with an arcade with combined straight and curved sectors.
    The house was property of Spanish captain José de Escandón, earl of Sierra Gorda. It is located on Manuel Hidalgo Avenue, corner with Allende.

    -House of the Lady from Zacatecas: Its rooms show the opulence of Queretaro in the XVII century. The architectonic extravagance of its baroque façade extends to its elegant rooms and patios, in which very fine suites and clocks, pottery pieces, sculptures, religious objects (a collection of images of Christ), and everyday objects proper of the colonial residences in the City.
    Its name is related to a dark legend, referred to a beautiful woman from Zacatecas who lived in here in the mid of the XIX century. One day the pretty lady, with the complicity of one of her servants, murdered her husband (owner of rich mine deposits), whom she would bury in the stables.
    Later on, the "saddened" widow would put an end to the life of her accomplice, disappearing him in a like manner.
    It is currently the seat of a museum and cultural centre. It is located on N° 50 Independencia Avenue, in the Historic Centre.

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