Plaza de Armas is the central public square in Querétaro. Having a central public square, or squares (as in the case of Querétaro) is perhaps, the defining feature of Spanish colonial urban design. Any and every city, town, village will have its central squares. During colonial times, these were where most businesses happened, both public and private. This isn’t true anymore, of course, but the public squares still hold the best and worst of civic life in the cities and towns of Mexico.
The great landed families once had their mansions on the square. Today, these mansions are now hotels, restaurants, government agencies, etc. – there are no great landed families left. There are great business and political families. They have their mansions in the suburbs, just like in the States. This leaves the Plaza de Armas open for us lowlifes.
Plaza de Armas is one of Mexico’s important historical sites. It was the scene of the conspiracy to overthrow the Spanish in 1810, which grew into the revolution of independence years later. Schoolkids and their teachers are permanent visitors here, to give the kids some background in the nation’s history.
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