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San Luis Potosí, Mexico — The Northeast (and Central Highlands)
 

Arms Square / City Hall

 
 
Arms Square / City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 16, 2019
1. Arms Square / City Hall Marker
Inscription.  

Plaza de Armas
Esta es la plaza principal de la ciudad, donde convergen las sedes de los poderes Ejecutivo y Legislativo del Estado, el Ayuntamiento de la Capital, la Catedral y el comercio en torno a un bello jardín sombreado.

Ha tenido varios nombres: Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza de Armas y Jardín Hidalgo. Durante el siglo XX se instalaron en su centro diversos monumentos: una columna dórica del arquitecto celayense Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras para conmemorar la victoria de las tropas mexicanas contra las españolas en San Juan de Ulúa y el monumento en bronce a Miguel Hidalgo, obra de Patiño Ixtolinque, más tarde transladado a la Alameda. Actualmente existe un quiosco de cantería con planta octagonal que ostenta en cada uno de sus lados el nombre de reconocidos músicos mexicanos y que es sede de la Banda del Estado.

Palacio Municipal
En este lugar estuvieron las primeras Casas Reales, sede de la Alcaldía Mayor de San Luis Potosí. Más tarde, el edificdo se consolidó para albergar al mismo tiempo la cárcel y estancos reales.

En el siglo XIX fue adquirido para convertirlo
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enel Parián. Se transformó en un edificio neoclásico de dos niveles con grandes arcadas hacia la plaza. Más tarde fue sede de la Lonja y posteriormente el Obispo Montes de Oca lo convirtió en Palacio Episcopal, tras embellecerlo y convertirlo en un palacio estilo neorenacentista. En 1915 el Ayuntamiento revolucionario lo recuperó y ocupó como Paladio Municipa.

English:
Arms Square
This is the main plaza in the city, where the seats of the Executive and Legislative powers of the State, the City Council of the Capital, the Cathedral and business converge in a beautiful shaded garden environment.

The plaza has had different names, such as Main Square, Constitution Square, Arms Square and Hidalgo Garden. During the 19th century, different monuments were built, such as: a Doric column by the Celaya-born architect Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras to commemorate the victory of the Mexican troops against the Spaniards in San Juan de Ulúa, and the bronze monument of Miguel Hidalgo by Patiño Ixtolinque, later moved to the Alameda. There is currently a stone-worked octagonal kiosk, the headquarters of the State Band, displaying the names of well-known Mexican musicians.

City Hall
This is where the first Royal Houses were, being the headquarters of the Mayor of San Luis Potosí. Later, the building was consolidated to house both the
Arms Square / City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 16, 2019
2. Arms Square / City Hall Marker
The marker can be seen in this view to the left, with the House of the Vicereine in the background.
prison and the royal tobacconists.

In the 19th century it was acquired to be converted into the Parián (market). It was transformed into a neo-classical two-story building with large arcades looking out toward the plaza. Later it was the market site, before the Bishop Montes de Oca converted it into the Episcopal Palace, after renovating it and converting it into a neo-renaissance-style palace. In 1915 the Revolutionary City Council recovered the building and used it as the Municipal Palace.
 
Erected by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraGovernment & PoliticsMan-Made FeaturesParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
 
Location. 22° 9.118′ N, 100° 58.575′ W. Marker is in San Luis Potosí. Marker is on Jardín Hidalgo just west of Calle Miguel Hidalgo, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Luis Potosí 78000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former House of the Vicereine (within shouting distance of this marker); Municipal Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); The House of the Vicereine (within shouting distance of this marker); Government Palace / Vicereine’s House
The kiosk made of quarried stone, mentioned in the marker text image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 16, 2019
3. The kiosk made of quarried stone, mentioned in the marker text
As the marker mentions, the names of famous Mexican musicians are inscribed around the top of the kiosk. In this view, the names of Manuel M. Ponce, Miguel Lerdo de Tejada and Alfonso Esparza Oteo can be seen.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Metropolitan Cathedral / Vicereine's Balcony (within shouting distance of this marker); The San Luis Potosí Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Treasure / Monumental Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); Government Palace (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Luis Potosí.
 
An additional view of the park’s kiosk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 17, 2019
4. An additional view of the park’s kiosk
In this additional view of the park’s kiosk, the names of musicians Ignacio Fernández Esperón, Guty Cardenas and Mario Talavera can be seen.
The nearby City Hall (Palacio Municipal), mentioned in the marker text image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 16, 2019
5. The nearby City Hall (Palacio Municipal), mentioned in the marker text
A nearby statue of the "Pigeon Man" (El Señor de las Palomas) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 16, 2019
6. A nearby statue of the "Pigeon Man" (El Señor de las Palomas)
The statue is of José Moreno Díaz, a long-time protector of the park's pigeons. The San Luis Potosí City Hall of 2004-2006 commissioned this statue by Mario Cuevas as a tribute to Moreno Díaz, who died in 1987.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   4. submitted on April 15, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   5, 6. submitted on April 10, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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