Founded in 1596, Monterrey has been recognized due to its leadership and strength to face adversity through its history.
The first settlers who establish in the region were indigenous groups. The most important were called “Chichimecas” and were located in the northeastern Mexico. They were regarded as barbarians, but there is information that has shown that these groups had a twelve thousand years old culture.
Monterrey is known as the “City of Mountains” due to the beauty and majesty of its breathtaking natural formations that impress visitors and local people.
During your visit you can see at south the Sierra Madre Oriental, at southwest the Huasteca, to the west the Cerro de las Mitras, at northwest the Cerro del Topo Chico, and finally at southeast the famous Cerro de la Silla.
The Cerro de la Silla, is the icon of the city, its summits tise to a height of 1,770 mts above sea level. Its name is due to the similarity of its shape with a horse riding chair. This was noticed by the conqueror Alberto del Canto in its journey through the land in 1577. This mountain is considered a nation’s natural monument by presidential decree since 1991.
Coupled with its traditional business and industrial vocation, Monterrey is starting to develop a tourist vocation linked to its natural attractions, theme parks and museums.
Some the most attractive places in the city are:
Regional History Museum in the Bishop’s Palace (Bishop Museum). Located in what was once the residence of Bishop Fray Rafael Jose Verger, at the tip of the Loma de Chepevera, also known as Bishop Hill. A major battle against the United States took place here. At the top of the hill a civic center has been developed, with a monumental flag and a viewpoint from where you will have unforgettable panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Also here is located the Bishop viewpoint, with the largest monumental flag of the country.
Monterrey Metropolitan Museum Old City Hall. The history of this building date back to the birth of the city, where the first building was formed by Diego de Montemayor, assigning the ground in 1612.
Museum of Contemporary Art. An excellent example of post-modern Mexican architecture which host continuously first class exhibitions.
Mexican History Museum. This museum has a permanent exhibition hall and several temporary exhibitions with multimedia technology.
Paseo Santa Lucia. An artificial navigable river that begins at the Museum of Mexican History and ends Parque Fundidora. Finished in 2007 like an attraction for the Universal Forum of Cultures.
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