The city of Zacatecas is an old mining capital that was founded in 1548. It is full of legends and hidden secrets related to the time of the mining boom; there are tours to the Eden Mine where the old suspended bridges and mining elevators can still be seen. The name of the city derives from the name of the indigenous group that inhabited this region before the Spanish arrived.
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Located at 2496 metres above the sea level, Zacatecas is one of the highest cities in Mexico. The city was built in a narrow valley between two rocky hills, surrounded by the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental mountains. This hidden city is certainly an interesting destination for those who travel to Mexico.
During the first decades of Mexican independence, Zacatecas was one of the wealthiest cities in the young nation, and many colonial buildings which used to belong to the elite society can still be found in the downtown areas. The local cathedral, built between 1730 and 1760, was elaborated with carved red-stone and decorated with exuberant ornamentation, which gives to the cathedral a marvellous architectonical style.
Zacatecas' inhabitants hold some old traditions which are expressed in dances and rituals that can be observed in the many local festivals. A popular street party is called the Andanzas, where 8 to 10 musicians playing typical melodies take a night tour through the streets and alleys of the city inviting everybody to join their music and their party.
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