After I got back from Jerez, I immediately texted Enrique. “Why didn’t you tell me Jerez was so beautiful?!?” Enrique is from Jerez, and hardly mentioned the place, except to say that he lived there until about a year ago. “I guess I forgot,” he texted back.
Well, I’m not going to forget how beautiful Jerez is. You mention Jerez around me, and I’ll urge you to go. And apparently the Mexican government agrees, as Jerez was declared a “Pueblo Mágico” in 2007.
Jerez was founded in 1569, and was named after the same city in Spain, whose name derives from the Arabic “scherich” referring to an abundance of produce. Unlike Zacatecas, the town lies on a fertile plain surrounded by forests and orchards. It’s a smallish place, with a population of about 57,000, about a third of Zacatecas’ population. Like most Mexican towns, it is centered on its cathedral and plaza, where folks were just hanging out when I came by. Old men were playing dominoes or chess, and lots of kids were running around.
The door to the cathedral is one of the most ornate I’ve ever seen.
The Edificio de la Torre (Tower Building) shown below next to the cathedral was constructed to promote education and culture in the municipality in 1894 as a school for girls. Today the building houses the Jerez Cultural Center and the municipal library. In general, many of the buildings in Jerez are more ornate than their cousins in Zacatecas.
The city is pretty quiet, though rush hour can be a bit of a zoo.
The city is dotted with many fine buildings, and overall has an air of gracious charm.
Jerez’s city hall is another handsome building, with the added advantage of a theater inside.
And the theater. Seating is a bit puritan, but I’m sure the shows are good. It’s a pretty intimate theater, so that should really enhance the impact of live theater. Photo taken with the stage at my back.
At this point I’m in San Luis Potosí, having left Zacatecas this afternoon. Frankly, I didn’t get all that far today as it took me kind of a long time to pack, and then I ended up changing a fan belt on the truck. I’m hoping to set out earlier tomorrow and continue heading south. Saludos and thanks for stopping by.