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  Catedral de Zacatecas Catedral de Zacatecas
Built between 1707-52 and considered to be the finest example of a style known as "Mexican Baroque." Zacatecas Cathedral is the centerpiece of Zacatecas. The building is made of soft pink cantera stone. It is one of the world's finest examples of stone masonry. The Cathedral has three façades. The most stunning is the main façade, with its massive tiered columns and intensely ornate carvings. In 1959 it was granted the status as a basilica-cathedral. It is open daily.
Cerro la Bufa Cerro la Bufa
Towering above downtown is La Bufa, a rocky mound of stone. The hill offers sweeping views of Zacatecas. This is where the revolutionary battle was fought in 1914 that freed Zacatecas from Spanish rule. There are several bronze statues of the battle's heroes: Pancho Villa, Pánfilo Natera, and Felipe Angeles. A Swiss-made aerial tramway, known as the Teleférico, connects the city with la Bufa.
Eden Mine Tram Eden Mine Tram
The Eden Mine Tram is a local tour that will take you deep into the once prosperous silver mine of Mina El Eden. During the tour see statues and animated figures working in the mine. The tour covers approximately a mile and features a lot of galleries, hanging bridges and tunnels. This is the only tour in the country that allows you to go into an actual mine. The mine is open for tours from 10am to 6pm.
Mina el Eden Mina el Eden
The Eden Mine is one of the major attractions in Zacatecas. It opened in 1586 and was worked until 1969, when water flooded its lower levels. The mine now offers tours inside by way of a small train. A walking guided tour re-counts the mine’s tragic past. Mina El Eden is the only mine in the country that allows visitors to enter inside. There are several statues depicting workers in the mine and there is a huge disco in the mine called El Malacate.
Palacio de Gobierno Palacio de Gobierno
Facing the Plaza de Armas is a simple two story building that was once the residence of a wealthy miner named the Count de Santiago de la Laguna. The Government Palace was built in the 1700's. Inside the Governor’s Palace you’ll see a mural by Antonio Pintor Rodriguez that depicts the history of Zacatecas. Just outside the building is the Plaza de Armas, the most important and largest square in the city.
Teatro Calderon Teatro Calderon
One of the city's finest 19th century treasures, the Teatro is an elegant 3-story building. Its exterior is French and art nouveau. The interior is a sumptuous combination of hardwoods, bronze statues and thick red carpet. The Calderon Theatre, located just down Hidalgo from the Cathedral. It is currently run by the University of Zacatecas and hosts a variety of cultural functions.
Teleferico Teleferico (Cable Car)
The cable car, or 'teleferico,' offers a fantastic bird's eye view of the entire city and its surroundings. It was built in 1979 by a Swiss company. You can take a ride that runs about 650 meters (2,145 feet) from the Cerro del Grillo to the Cerro de la Bufa. The cable car is the easiest way up to the top of the Cerro de la Bufa. The cable car station is open daily 10am to 6pm, and one-way tickets cost 21 pesos. The tour operater gives a history of Zacatecas on the tour.
Templo de Santo Domingo Templo de Santo Domingo
Church of Santo Domingo was built by the Jesuits between 1746 and 1749 and has a beautiful baroque facade. Splendid gold wood-carved altarpieces, all of them churrigueresque, and Francisco Antonio Vallejo paintings (XVIII) that represent scenes of The Passion can be found inside. Santo Domingo church is located in front of the cathedral, on one of the corners of the Plaza de Armas. The museum is one of Mexico's finest provincial art museums.

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