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Dolores's Cementery

Jerez de García Salinas

The Panteón de Dolores (Dolores Cemetery) is a historical and architectural jewel of Zacatecas and the Pueblo Mágico de Jerez (Magical Town of Jerez), for being one of the first to be built outside a church and mixing mausoleums loaded with Catholic and Masonic symbols, during the period - 19th century - when both religious currents were enemies.

The cemetery is now part of the tourist routes offered within Jerez. The best thing is that they are carried out at night to listen to the legends that trap its almost 300 funeral properties, among drawers, tombs, mausoleums and burial mounds.

A chronicler of the town accompanies the visitors, who carry lamps to give a gloomy touch and highlight the sculptures of virgin angels, crosses and other architectural details. A great part of the visual attraction is the architecture of the tombs, carved in marble and pink quarry.

Among the cypress tree covered paths, one of the most popular legends of the Panteón Dolores is told. It is about the two tombs of Agapita Escobedo, who is believed to have died twice, the first time because he left unfinished business on this world and for which, had to return to solve it, and then die again.

People also talk about the story of “La Melcocha”, a heavy drinker who was the first to be buried in the cemetery. They say that after 12 o'clock at night, he can be seen wandering around the tombs.

The Panteón de Dolores (Dolores Cemetery) is a historical and architectural jewel of Zacatecas and the Pueblo Mágico de Jerez (Magical Town of Jerez), for being one of the first to be built outside a church and mixing mausoleums loaded with Catholic and Masonic symbols, during the period - 19th century - when both religious currents were enemies.

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The cemetery is now part of the tourist routes offered within Jerez. The best thing is that they are carried out at night to listen to the legends that trap its almost 300 funeral properties, among drawers, tombs, mausoleums and burial mounds.

A chronicler of the town accompanies the visitors, who carry lamps to give a gloomy touch and highlight the sculptures of virgin angels, crosses and other architectural details. A great part of the visual attraction is the architecture of the tombs, carved in marble and pink quarry.

Among the cypress tree covered paths, one of the most popular legends of the Panteón Dolores is told. It is about the two tombs of Agapita Escobedo, who is believed to have died twice, the first time because he left unfinished business on this world and for which, had to return to solve it, and then die again.

People also talk about the story of “La Melcocha”, a heavy drinker who was the first to be buried in the cemetery. They say that after 12 o'clock at night, he can be seen wandering around the tombs.

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