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Queretaro is a lively colonial city in the state of the same name. This state is part of the region known as "La Cuna de la Independencia" (the Cradle of Independence) as the uprising against Spain in 1810 began here. Emperor Maximilian surrendered here, and in 1917 the Mexican constitution was written in this city.

The Templo de San Francisco, which opens to the main plaza in Queretaro, was built in approximately 1540, using tiles on the dome that were brought from Spain. The Museo Regional next door to the Templo de San Francisco has exhibits of pre-Hispanic Mexico, the Spanish occupation and archaeological sites.

Queretaro maintains some of the most beautiful 'turn of the century' hotels and restaurants with authentic Mexican dishes, along with an ambience of strolling musicians and artesanos along the walkways and centers of this historic town.