San Cristóbal de las Casas
As various visitors have said, San Cristóbal de Las Casas is one of the most romantic cities in the world, recognized as a Magic Town. A city whose wealth lies in its ethnic diversity and colonial tradition, which displays its architectural treasures in various buildings from the XNUMXth, XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.
The Jovel Valley offered the ideal situation, temperate climate and strategic location, so that Diego de Mazariegos founded the Royal City of Chiapa in 1528. In the current historical center of San Cristóbal de Las Casas roofs, flowery patios, corner balconies, baroque facades, neoclassical and Mudejar-style buildings converge, colorful crafts, exquisite cuisine, procession ceremonies, popular festivals and ancient legends.
Its construction followed a process similar to that of other colonial cities that were created in the New Spanish territory. In the first place, the main square was drawn up, around which the places that the main buildings would occupy were designated. Around its plaza are the Baroque facade cathedral in the Central American style, the neoclassical municipal palace, the portals, the church of San Nicolás, with the style that most identifies the colonial religious architecture of Chiapas and the house of the Mermaid with a facade Plateresque-inspired from the 31th century. Particularly interesting is the complex formed by the Dominican convent and the temple of La Caridad, joined with the Cathedral and the Plaza XNUMX de Marzo by the Ecclesiastic North walker, the main monumental axis of the city.
The church of Santo Domingo is a masterpiece of Central American and Mexican baroque, both for its mortar façade and for the set of gilded altarpieces and pulpit inside. La Caridad stands out for its sumptuous baroque altarpiece. Baroque are also the altarpieces of San Francisco, while El Carmen has a unique Mudejar tower in Mexico. Many other buildings of interest are in the city, characterized by having a large inventory of neoclassical style houses inspired by the Renaissance treatise of Vignola.
Since the foundation, on the periphery of the center, the plots or land for the Spanish were assigned and in the end the indigenous people were located, among which were those who provided some service to the Hispanics in the conquest of the region. Thus the neighborhoods of Mexicanos, Tlaxcala and del Cerrillo are still scattered throughout the city. Visiting the neighborhoods is a fascinating experience for traditional architecture, festivals, crafts and gastronomy. Many doors sport red paper lamps indicating the sale of delicious tamales.
Today the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas is one of the most beautiful and original in Mexico and Central America, due to the evocative colonial image that it has preserved in its historic center over the centuries. Because in addition to this, it also has a traditional daily life, with its market and its people where the Tseltals and the Tsotsiles come with their colorful clothing, coming from different communities to sell or exchange their products.
An enigmatic city full of mysticism as well as an exquisite flavor and an incomparable sensation on the palate, much of its gastronomic recognition is held by sausages such as Serrano ham, sausage and sausage of undeniable origin and German influence.
The traditional sweets that still jealously guard the teachings of the conception nuns, founders of the convent of Our Lady of the Incarnation of Ciudad Real de Chiapa, the current San Cristóbal de Las Casas, are also appreciated in this city. To savor these pieces of regional gastronomy, you should only visit the Candy and Crafts Market, a festival of color, flavor and tradition that guarantees unforgettable sensations on the palate of its visitors. The city of San Cristóbal not only captivates the visitor for the style of its architecture that seems to have stopped time; through its streets, where history walks hand in hand with tradition; or for its walkers full of memories of natives, neighbors and foreigners, but also for the flavor of its gastronomy, which reveals passages of its customs and traditions. San Cristóbal de Las Casas will reveal itself to the visitor as one of the gastronomic sanctuaries of Chiapas, on a journey that will take you to discover the flavor of its dishes, the result of crossbreeding between indigenous and Spanish, resulting in a wide range of indigenous dishes such as: Asado coleto, the traditional bread soup, dripped soup, butifarra, sausages, chalupas, longaniza, chorizo, tachilhuil and balzada. Main dishes: asado coleto, turkey in mole coleto, chanfaina coleta and marinated pork rib. Sweets: coleto bread, yolk candy, crystallized fruits, raisin peach, nuégados, honey caramels, trompada, marshmallow, tanned, chimbos, and nougat. Tamales: saffron, ball, mole, coconut and strained corn. Drinks: mistela, posh, sweet beer, champurrado, sour atol, granulated atol and pot coffee.