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Its current name is due to the beautiful forests that surround it and whose wood was used in the foundry of metals. It is located in what used to be the home of the huachichiles, within the Gran Tunal desert.
In the Downtown is where the architectural heritage and the main monuments of Pinos are concentrated, around very intimate images of its three gardens, which whisper in the ear what is preserved from the past.
The Garden of the Plaza de Armas (Main square) allows to admire the temple and the convent of San Francisco, and to walk its streets transports to a viceregal experience. The temple houses the most venerated religious image of the region, better known as "Our Father Jesus".
The second, Jardín de las Flores (Garden of the Flowers), concentrates the largest number of buildings with Porfirian gates. There are also "El Mesón" and the so-called "Tiro General".
Finally, the magnificent Benito Juárez Garden, with its streets flanked by its elegant mansions ...
The neighborhood of "La Cuadrilla" was the area of mining exploitation. It is still possible to find vestiges of their old mining haciendas.
The Tlaxcala neighborhood, which is on the other side of the stream, was founded by indigenous Tlaxcalans. Its construction was around the temple dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, where there was a hermitage that was replaced at the end of the 18th century by the building that now exists.
Here the traditions endure. Traditions that you can live in parties like the one dedicated in honor of the Saint Patron Saint Matías, that overflows the Marian fervor; in the Lantern Festival, or in which the Immaculate Conception is paid tribute over the centuries.
Visit the Museum of Sacred Art, which has an interesting collection of paintings by renowned artists. His most emblematic piece, for some disturbing, is the figure of a Christ carved in wood, which has incrustations of human bones.
On the other hand, in the Community Museum exhibits all kinds of pieces that keep the history and transcendence of Pines through their everyday objects.
The work of artisans makes us stop to ponder their value. Its typical jars of clay, its cheese of tuna, its incredible artisan mezcal, all are fantastic traditions that surround this place.
Pinos is a town that lives up to the adjective "magical", evidence of this is the apparent taste and smell of other times that permeates all its buildings, as if it were a journey in time, or another dimension, where the dream dreamed it's eternal.
What to Visit?
- Miguel Hidalgo Main Garden
- Saint Mathias Parish This temple was built during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
- Saint Francis Ex Monastery It was built by the Franciscan friars in the sixteenth century.
- Centenary Portal A covered arched hallway that was named so in 1921 to commemorate the first century of the Mexican Independence; however, its actual construction date remains still unknown.
- Sacred Art Museum This building houses a rich art collection from the eighteenth century, besides the famous "Christ of the Floating Heart," who features incrustations of human bones in his own body.
- Four Centenaries Municipal Museum Given that telling and preserving the local History is the main objective of this museum, here you can see all kinds of local objects, for instance, fossils, pictures, and even pistols from the Mexican Revolution.
What to do?
- Saint Mathias Regional Fair It takes place in the second half of February. This is the most splendid fair in the Southeastern part of the state of Zacatecas.
- Rabbit in mole sauce Rabbit meat served with rice and mole, which is a delicious sauce prepared with different kinds of chili, peanuts and, even, chocolate.
- Condoches Wheat dough stuffed with different ingredients. There are salty and sweet varieties, and it looks like a thick tortilla.
- Cheese of cactus fruit Candy made with cactus fruit and sugar, and despite its name, this candy does not have a single drop of milk.
- Aguamiel This is the sweet nectar of the cactus from which pulque, mescal and tequila are produced.
- Mescal Alcoholic beverage produced from a cactus that is similar to the one that produces tequila.
What to Know?
- This Magic Town was founded in 1594 as "Mining Town of Our Lady of the Pines" because of the woods that used to grow in the surroundings, the same ones that, unfortunately, were cut down precisely because of the frenetic mining activity.
- On November 17th, 1603, the authorities intended to change the village name to "Toledo," but this one was rejected soon by the locals.
- Mexican Piñatas
- Palm handicrafts and goods
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