Cordoba

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Córdoba, officially known as Heroica Córdoba, is a city and the seat of the municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

With a 2010 census population of 140,896, Córdoba is the fifth-largest city in the state, and also one of the top tourist spots in the region.

Córdoba has a municipal area of 226 km.2 It is divided into 176 localities, of which the most important are San José de Tapia, las Flores, Miraflores, Los Naranjos, Brillante Crucero, el Porvenir, San Rafael Caleria, Santa Elena, San Miguelito, and San Nicolás.

The city has a large number of entertainment centers, including billiard halls, ballrooms and discothèques. Cordoba has three libraries, three auditoriums, a theatre and a museum.

Neighbouring cities are Naranjal, Fortín, Ixtaczoquitlán and Orizaba. The municipality has an area of 139.01 km2 (53.67 sq mi) and a population of 186,623, which includes that of many outlying small communities, the largest of which are San Román and Crucero Nacional.

Geo & Climate

Córdoba is located in the center of the state of Veracruz, at 18º51’30” north latitude and 96º55’51” west longitude. It lies between the hills of Matlaquiahitl and Tepixtepec, at an elevation of 817 meters above mean sea level.

Its climate is warm and humid, with an annual average temperature of 19.8 °C. There is abundant rainfall in summer and autumn, with little rain in winter.

History

Colonial period

The village of Córdoba was founded in 1618 by the Spanish to protect royal interests from attacks by Gaspar Yanga’s slave rebellion.

Independence

In August 1821, the Mexican revolutionary Agustín de Iturbide and the Spanish viceroy Juan de O’Donojú signed the Treaty of Córdoba here, ratifying the Plan de Iguala and confirming Mexico’s independence.

In 1902 Córdoba became the interchange point of the narrow-gauge Córdoba and Huatusco Railroad to Coscomatepec.

Modern times

The city was severely damaged by the 1973 Veracruz earthquake.

Tourist Attractions & Sightseeing

The city is composed of 15 barrios (Neighborhoods) bounded to the north by Ixhuatlán del Café and Tomatlán, and to the south by Amatlán de los Reyes and Naranjal. The eastern area abuts Fortin de las Flores and Chocamán and the western area borders Amatlán de los Reyes.

Historic barrios (“neighborhoods”) of Cordoba:

Barrio de San Sebastián. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city and full of history. The battle of May 21 was here. It has architectural monuments such as the church of San Sebastián and the public Notary building.

Barrio de La Pitayitas. It is a colorful neighborhood full of old houses as well as having architectural monuments such as Palacio Fernández and other colonial style houses, at the back there are residential areas and the stadium of Beisborama.

Zocalo

One of Córdoba’s most important locations is its zócalo (main square). The square, called the Parque de 21 de Mayo, uses the traditional Spanish layout, with a church on the east side, the Palacio Municipal (city hall) on the west, and commercial establishments on the north and south sides.

The Cathedral of Cordoba

The Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción) also called Córdoba Cathedral It is the main Catholic church in the city of Córdoba. It was built in the first half of the 17th century. The Cathedral is located opposite the Plaza de Armas in the historic center of the city and its bells are made coppery iron which were brought from Mexico city. It is also headquarters of the Diocese of Córdoba and is dedicated to the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, also the temple was known as the Immaculate Conception.

Municipal Palace

Beautiful construction of neoclassical architecture with a Florentine Tuscan style with French influence, it is a building that dates from the Porfirian era supplanting the old royal houses, has twenty arches that symbolize the heroic battle of May 21. Previously it manifested some zinc domes, but in its remodeling they were eliminated and the central finish was changed by a neoclassical target. Inside is the municipal archive that is one of the best preserved in the country.

Former Spanish Casino

It was built at the end of the 19th century, it is one of the first examples of Art Nouveau in Mexico since it has a very detailed French Caribbean architecture, it is currently a branch of a banking institution.

Portal de la Gloria

It was created between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries and has a colonial style, is made up of three buildings which each houses the city museum, the municipal library and the house of culture. It is also known as La Favorita because distinguished people in history chose this portal to stay: Agustín de Iturbide, Maximiliano and Carlota, President Benito Juárez and Salvador Novo.

Portal de Zevallos (Former Palace of the Counts of Zeballos)

Its original owner was the captain José Manuel de Zevallos and conserves a colonial style predominating stone, arches and mud, it is the most important building in the city because it has it has been the scene of historical events, the most important being the signature of the Treaties of Córdoba and it is considered a national monument. Inside it houses in a beautiful mosaic the phrase that Agustín de Iturbide pronounced before the signing of the Treaties “Supposed the good faith and the harmony with which we conduct ourselves in this business, I think it will be very easy, which we untie the knot without breaking it ». It currently houses a famous restaurant where you can enjoy the view of the municipal palace and park May 21 while enjoying the traditional Cordovan coffee.

Ex-convent of Santa Rosa de Lima

This convent was initially built by Ana Francisca de Irivas but never finished, after the Viceroy Miguel José de Azanza managed to conclude the religious education campus, it is a historic building because the Political Constitution of the State of Veracruz, this happened when Córdoba was the state capital on August 24, 1917.

Convent of San Antonio

It is a temple considered unique in the nation also because it has two flat vaults, it was built in 1686 for what makes it the oldest church in the city, it was used as a Franciscan convent but years later it was used as a military barracks and finally returned to work as a church.

Church of San Sebastián

It has French influence and its dome is made of bronze, also in its interior the child of luck is venerated. It was used as a military barracks in the army of Francisco I. Madero but returned to the cult years later losing its altars.

Church of San Miguel Arcángel

It is the church that has changed its structure throughout history in the city, is neo-Gothic style and consists of two towers that in turn were the tallest towers of the city, being surpassed later through the towers of the cathedral.

Church of San José

Of baroque style it only consists of a tower, its construction was a fire that collapsed great part of its architecture, at the moment great part of the temple has a modern construction because much of the original structure was lost.

Ex-Hacienda of San Francisco Toxpan

Hacienda that dates back to the year 1690 of use for ingenuity and plantation because in the area the sugar cane abounded and the coffee favored the production of said products and fortified the economy of the place, it is located in the Nuevo Toxpan neighborhood on the outskirts of the city.

Pedro Díaz Theater

This theater was built in 1889 and was inaugurated in 1896 keeping its original decoration until 1905, it was replaced by columns on pedestals and with a neoclassical bull’s-eye on the top, its facade is not perpendicular to its axis because it has a own horseshoe style of the Porfiriato.

Building of the Notary Public

It is a colonial building with a touch of baroque style and is considered the first public notary of the city, was founded in 1919 and is one of the few old buildings that is in use.

Palacio Fernández

It is a building that dates from the time of the Porfiriato and the house of the pilgrim as it is also known was founded in 1927.

The sculptural monuments of Cordoba

  • Obelisk erected in memory of the battle of May 21: Monument that is in the park May 21 and commemorates those who defended the town of Cordoba on that heroic date. He was sent to do to Italy by the then mayor Dr. Enrique Herrera Moreno.
  • Obelisk erected in memory of the Burned House: Monument that is in the place where the Burned House was and commemorates those who defended that place in that heroic date, at the bottom of the obelisk is an inscription engraved on a wall and says: “In memory of those who in this place sacrificed their lives for the Independence of Mexico”.
  • Citizen Reader: Monument that is located in the park May 21 dedicated to the founder of the first newspaper in the city.
  • Shangri-la Arch: Glorieta that frames the west entrance of the city.
  • Roundabout of the Araucaria: Roundabout located at the intersection of the Boulevard Fundadores de Córdoba with the Calzada Morelos, consists of a rock 3 meters high framed by a fountain with scenic lighting and a huge Araucaria tree.
  • Civic Square in honor of Don Benito Juarez: It is located on 11 Avenue and 21st Street.
  • Plaza del V Centenario: It was built in 1992 in memory of the 500 years of the discovery of America, in front of the square there are several portals and behind there is a public park. Recently the small locomotive that passed on the Huatusquito road was placed in front of the portals.

Cultural Centers, Theaters & Auditoriums

  • Pedro Díaz Theater
  • Arena Córdoba
  • Anthropology Museum
  • Contemporary art gallery of the former convent of Santa Rosa de Lima
  • Los Portales Cultural Center
  • Palmillas Museum
  • Emilio Nava Gallery
  • House of Culture
  • USBI Córdoba
  • Dr. Manuel Suárez Auditorium (E.S.B.A.O.)
  • Paso Coyol Auditorium
  • IMSS Auditorium
  • Coffee Museum

Parks of Cordoba

San José Park

There are children’s games in this park, a skating rink, a small open-air theater and some monuments and a bust of Venustiano Carranza as well as the church with the same name of the park.

Ecological Park Paso Coyol

It is an ecological park designed to assist and live with nature, has a variety of vegetation such as coyol trees (hence the name of the park) have rustic games and large green areas. In the park there is a building with audiovisual and conference rooms for ecological issues.

Paseo of San Antonio River

It is a walk under a newly made bridge, where you can enjoy nature and tropical vegetation, in addition to the river itself.

Alameda Murillo Vidal

It is a place of great beauty located on the outskirts of the city in the Toxpan neighborhood, where the archaeological ruins of the same name are located, it will soon be converted into a theme park for the use of the inhabitants and tourists that arrive at the archaeological zone.

In 2011 the remodeling of the Alameda Murillo Vidal was carried out and now it has a Gym for Older Adults, Minigolf, a Palapa and Pool.

Festivals

Córdoba Dance Festival

It takes place every 2 years in different venues in the city of Córdoba, although it has already been extended to Veracruz and Xalapa as a special gala. It is part of the Youth America Grand Prix and attracts representatives of the best dance schools worldwide.

Emilio Carballido Festival

It takes place every year in August in honor of the Cordovan playwright Emilio Carballido Fentanes. Within the framework of this festival, there are presentations of books, orchestras, opera, dance, dance, painting, film, and photography.

Treaty Festival of Córdoba

It is held every year in celebration of the signing of the treaties that gave freedom to Mexico from Spain. Its main venues are the Pedro Díaz Theater and the cultural center “Los Portales”.

Transportation

From 1902 to 1953, Córdoba was served by the Córdoba and Huatusco Railroad narrow gauge railroad. The line operated as a unique and scenic 2 ft (610 mm) gauge branch of Ferrocarril Mexicano from 1909 through 1951.

Tourist Assistance + Emergency Numbers

You can dial 078 from any phone, where you can find free information about tourist attractions, airports, travel agencies, car rental companies, embassies and consulates, fairs and exhibitions, hotels, hospitals, financial services, migratory and other issues.

Or dial the toll-free (in Mexico) number 01-800-006-8839.

You can also request information to the email correspondencia@sectur.gob.mx

MORE EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

General Information: 040 (not free)

National Emergency Service: 911

Radio Patrols: 066
Police (Emergency): 060
Civil Protection: +52(55)5683-2222
Anonymous Complaint: 089

Setravi (Transport Mobility): +52(55)5209-9913
Road Emergency: 074

Cruz Roja: 065 o +52(55)5557-5757
Firefighters: 068 o +52(55)5768-3700


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