Barrio Antiguo, Monterrey

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Popularly known as the Barrio Antiguo comprise what is preserved from the historical quarter of the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Currently located next to the Government Palace and the Macroplaza, it originally covered a larger space from the Santa Catarina River to 5 de Mayo Street, south to north, and from Mina Street to Roble Street, east to west. Most of the buildings now preserved are from the Spanish Colonial period and from the last years of the 19th century.Archaeologically speaking, the oldest Monterrey dates from the very founding of the city at the end of the sixteenth century. However, the buildings preserved today date mostly from the eighteenth century onwards. It used to be the commercial and cultural center of the city during the existence of the Viceroyalty of New Spain until recently the first half of the 20th century, when other parts of the city began to grow more to the detriment of the center. During the last decades of the 20th century there was a modern lifestyle in the Barrio Antiguo, characterized by the construction of hotels, museums, bars, discos and restaurants of international cuisine. Thus until depopulation and partial abandonment tended to decline from the 1990s to recent times, as currently there are projects under way for its restoration. Many houses of what used to be the Barrio Antiguo were demolished to give way to the construction of the Macroplaza at the end of the past century. During the last decade of the twentieth century and recent years, Barrio Antiguo was well-known as the center of the nightlife of Monterrey due to measures taken by the State in a failed attempt to create reforms that pushed the re-activation of the urban center.
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  • July 15, 2017
    In this area of Monterrey found bars worth visiting because there are those who make their own beer until the commercials, you can walk from one to another without any problem and the area is safe
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  • June 14, 2017
    The remodeling and how you are caring for are enjoying me. It is a must-see if you're regio. Go to the market, walk, eat, dance.
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  • June 7, 2017
    everything goes back to the district, paseo Santa lucia, restaurants, hotels, clubs... iguanas, skizzo you don't finish...
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  • March 6, 2016
    A variety of vegetarian restaurants nearby.
  • February 11, 2017
    I loved the concept, 10/10, more places as well, very chingon floor of pebbles.
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  • February 13, 2017
    The streets have a unique charm... some cafes and a "tianguis", so it tells them to markets, special, varied... antiques and things well kitch.
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  • December 6, 2016
    The Cultural space of the district, is an independent cultural centre ideal for expressions artistic, art workshops, put in scene, storytelling, music, singing, poetry, etc and whose objectives are:-to promote art and culture in the old quarter. -Promote new values – bring the family.
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  • March 9, 2017
    Good choice
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If the main purpose of your visit to Monterrey is sightseeing, stay in the old central neighborhood of Barrio Antiguo, where you can find everything from budget-friendly youth hostels to hotels housed in historical buildings and large hotels. Those visiting for business purposes might prefer to look south of the river to Zona San Augustin, which offers mid-range hotels in more modern surroundings.
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