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Santiago de Querétaro in Municipality of Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Portal of Samaniego

 
 
Portal of Samaniego Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 1, 2018
1. Portal of Samaniego Marker
This marker with updated text replaced an older marker in 2018.
Inscription.  
Portal de Samaniego
Este espacio fue adquirido por doña María Josefa de Escandón y Llata y su esposo, el coronel Juan Antonio del Castillo y Llata, condes de Sierra Gorda. El inmueble se resonstruyó alrededor de 1796 por los herederos de don José de Escandón, conde de Sierra Gorda, siendo después habitado por los condes de Samaniego y Castillo.

Años más tarde fue comprado y habitado por el entonces gobernador del estado, el general Rafael Olvera, y posteriormente por familias particulares. Fue adquirido por el gobierno estatal, y desde 1975 quedó instituido como el Palacio de Justicia. Aún mantiene caraterísticas arquitectónicas de la época: amplios pasillos, escaleras, arcos, columnas de cantera, patios interiors y balcones decorados con herrería.

English:
Portal of Samaniego
This land was acquired by Doña María Josefa de Escadón y Llata and her husband, Coronel Juan Antonio del Castillo y Llata, Counts of the Sierra Gorda. Here they established their residence. The building was reconstructed circa 1796 by the heirs of Don José de Escandón, Count of the Sierra Gorda,
The previous Arcade of Samaniego Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 30, 2016
2. The previous Arcade of Samaniego Marker
The previous marker was replaced in 2018. Its text read:
Portal Samaniego
Esta señorial arquería conduce al portón de la casona construida en el siglo XVIII para residencia de Juan Antonio del Castillo y Mata, segundo Conde de la Sierra Gorda. El inmueble perteneció también a los condes de Samaniego, de quienes tomó su nombre el portal.

En El siglo XIX, el gobernador queretano Rafael Olvera fue su propietario, y posteriormente lo fue la familia Fernández de Cevallos. La ubicación de la casona, en una rinconada que asoma a la Plaza de Armas, le confiere una gracia particular. Actualmente es ocupada por el Archivo del Poder Judicial.

English:
Arcade de Samaniego
This majestic arcade leads to the main door of the mansion constructed in the 18th century as a residence for Juan Antonio del Castillo y Mata, Second Count of the Sierra Gorda. The estate belonged also to the counts of Samaniego, from whom the arcade derives its name.

Much later, in the 19th century, the governor of Queretaro, Rafael Olvera, was the owner. Later ownership passed to the family of Fernandez de Cevallos. The location of the mansion at a prominent intersection in the Plaza de Armas gives it an unusual charm. It is currently occupied by the Archives of the Judicial Power.
and then inhabited by the Counts of Samaniego y Castillo.

Years later, it was purchased and inhabited by the then Governor of the state, General Rafael Olvera, and later by private families. It was acquired by the state government and beginning in 1975 has served as the state courthouse. It features architectural characteristics of its time: large corridors, stairs, arches, columns of cantera (a type of rock native to Mexico), interior patios and balconies decorated with ironwork.
 
Erected 2018 by Municipalidad de Querétaro.
 
Location. 20° 35.605′ N, 100° 23.373′ W. Marker is in Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, in Municipality of Querétaro. Marker is at the intersection of Calle Cinco de Mayo and Avenida Luis Pasteur Sur, on the right when traveling west on Calle Cinco de Mayo. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro 76000, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana (within shouting distance of this marker); Ignacio Pérez (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de Armas (within shouting distance of this marker); Licenciado Lorenzo de la Parra (about 90 meters away, measured
The previous Arcade of Samaniego Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 30, 2016
3. The previous Arcade of Samaniego Marker
The "arcade" or "portal" refers to the series of arches that form an entryway to the building. The marker was to the far right of the building in this view.
in a direct line); Francisco León de la Barra (about 120 meters away); Temple of the Congregation (about 120 meters away); Venustiano Carranza Garza (about 120 meters away); The House of the Lady of Zacatecas (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santiago de Querétaro.
 
More about this marker. The marker was replaced in 2018 with updated text but in the same location as a marker with the same name. The marker also mentions that the area is part of the Zone of Historical Monuments of Querétaro (Zona de Monumentos Históricos de Querétaro) as part of its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Categories. ArchitectureColonial EraMan-Made Features
 
Portal of Samaniego and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 1, 2018
4. Portal of Samaniego and Marker
The 2018 marker was installed only a few meters north of the previous marker's location, seen here in this view behind the additional UNESCO marker.
Additional UNESCO marker near the Portal of Samaniego image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 30, 2016
5. Additional UNESCO marker near the Portal of Samaniego
Just to the west of the featured marker is this additional marker which reads: Mexico:UNESCO, Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Santiago de Querétaro, Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad, Comisión Nacional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos para la UNESCO, Diciembre de 1996 (English: Mexico:UNESCO, Historic Center of the City of Santiago de Querétaro, World Cultural Heritage Site, National Commission of the United Mexican States for UNESCO, December 1996).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 13, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on May 13, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   5. submitted on September 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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