|Cultural and Convention Center Bicentennial|
FEDERAL HIGHWAY 40 AND THE BALUARTE BRIDGE
|Interoceanic Federal Highway 40|
|one of 63 tunnels|
Our first stop in the city was Telerifico de Durango, or the Cable Car Durango is a cableway (only one of four in Mexico) located in the city’s historic center, connecting the Cerro del Calvario with the viewpoint of the Cerro de Los Remedios. It has a capacity to carry five thousand people a day on a tour of 750 meters at a height of 82 meters. The entry to the boarding platform, the first Cerro, was still under construction and we approached it from an old street at the rear. A large painting greeted us at this first Cerro, alluding to the many movies that were filmed in Durango.
|large mural depicting the many movies made in Durango|
This fascinating building was designed in 1899 to be the most prestigious hospital in northern Mexico but was left unfinished due to the Mexican Revolution. Later it hosted the Institute of Culture State of Durango and the National Institute of Anthropology and History. A couple of years ago the building was restored and transformed into what is now the complex to accommodate trade shows and conventions. In 2010, over twenty artists and craftsmen created a series of murals depicting moments in the history of Durango carved in stone. The extensive grounds and gardens make for great family picnics on weekends.
|the history of Durango in murals|
|John Wayne, a Durango folk hero|
WORLD HERITAGE SITE, OLD HISTORIC DISTRICT
The Old Historic District of Durango has close to one thousand historic buildings with diverse architectural styles ranging from neoclassical and Baroque to Gothic. Exploring the streets of the downtown area is like walking through a huge open-air museum. For this reason, Durango has earned a spot on the route called the “Camino Real de Tierra Adentro”, or “Royal Inland Road,” declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
|Catedral Basilica de Durango|
|Pancho Villa at his Museum|
Among the many architectural icons including churches, government offices, and former homes turned museums, is the Pancho Villa Museum. The man was born in Chihuahua, Mexico about 400 miles north of Durango City and only 150 miles south of El Paso, Texas. But the Museum in Durango City gives you a good enough insight into the man, the abandoned child of a penniless peon who became a mountain bandit and then turned into a revolutionary hero who robbed from the rich to give to the poor. The Museum is housed in a magnificent 18th-century building, the home of a wealthy miner from Spain. Juan José Zambrano, that became the Government´s Palace in the mid-19th century.
|variety of Mexican cheeses at the Mercado|