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Noria de San Pantaleón

Sombrerete

With an almost ghostly air, this town located 27 minutes (20 km / 12 miles) from the center of Sombrerete, has a past full of opulence and prosperity, of which there are almost imperceptible traces and memories captured in the historical archives of Zacatecas.

Between the narrow roads of La Noria, as if it was a show of illusionism, appears one of the temples with a greater wealth of viceroyalty art in the state.

Paintings, books in Latin, bicentennial religious objects, clothes embroidered with gold threads, and an organ from two centuries ago, are part of the legacy of El Templo de San Pantaleón Mártir (Saint Pantaleon Martyr Temple); today a World Cultural Heritage Site and part of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

To hear that nearly 10 thousand people lived in its houses seems hard to imagine, more so now that the town is barely inhabited by a few families.

But that large population was possible thanks to the mining boom experienced in the first years of the last century, when an important mineral extraction company employed thousands of workers, making the town a truly cosmopolitan city.

Schools, a cinema, stores, a market, and even a baseball stadium were part of the facilities of San Pantaleón until the middle of the 20th century when it was abandoned.

To visit La Noria today is to go through the nostalgia of a town in ruins that resists disappearing, whose treasures may not be found embedded in the walls of the mines, but in its stories and the poise with which it exists, proving that while more than one heart is beating on its land, it will remain alive.

With an almost ghostly air, this town located 27 minutes (20 km / 12 miles) from the center of Sombrerete, has a past full of opulence and prosperity, of which there are almost imperceptible traces and memories captured in the historical archives of Zacatecas.

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Between the narrow roads of La Noria, as if it was a show of illusionism, appears one of the temples with a greater wealth of viceroyalty art in the state.

Paintings, books in Latin, bicentennial religious objects, clothes embroidered with gold threads, and an organ from two centuries ago, are part of the legacy of El Templo de San Pantaleón Mártir (Saint Pantaleon Martyr Temple); today a World Cultural Heritage Site and part of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

To hear that nearly 10 thousand people lived in its houses seems hard to imagine, more so now that the town is barely inhabited by a few families.

But that large population was possible thanks to the mining boom experienced in the first years of the last century, when an important mineral extraction company employed thousands of workers, making the town a truly cosmopolitan city.

Schools, a cinema, stores, a market, and even a baseball stadium were part of the facilities of San Pantaleón until the middle of the 20th century when it was abandoned.

To visit La Noria today is to go through the nostalgia of a town in ruins that resists disappearing, whose treasures may not be found embedded in the walls of the mines, but in its stories and the poise with which it exists, proving that while more than one heart is beating on its land, it will remain alive.

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