Taxco is a small city in the state of Guerrero, located at 2000 meters of height, beside the Sierra Madre Mountains. It is known as a silver town since most of local activities are strongly associated with silver. The silver mining for crafting into jewelry, silverware and other items is the mainstay of the economy.
Mining in Taxco began in the pre-Hispanic period. The native people used to extract precious stones for decorative and ritual purposes. The indigenous communities that inhabited this region were the ancestors of the actual Taxco’s civilization. When the Spanish settled the city started its industrial development. The colonial style of this period is easily observed in Taxco nowadays.
The most outstanding building of Taxco is the Parish of Santa Prisca and San Sebastian, which is located at the center of the town. It has a Baroque style and was built between 1751 and 1758.
Taxco lies on very rugged terrain, where the streets are narrow and irregular with steep slopes. Most of the streets are paved with dark stones and have pictures and symbols that were indications of certain commercial activities in ancient times. The Spanish-style houses have red-tile roofs that give the city a very picturesque style.
People who travel to Mexico come here to obtain the most precious silver crafts. A favorite tourist attraction is going through the old tunnels to see the mines where all the silver activity started.
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