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Aguascalientes is a municipality that still conserves the vestiges from its 400 year old history. Aguascalientes has a perfect balance of old and new world.

The Chichimecas were the first settlers of this territory. They were nomad tribes formed by groups with different names: Caxcanes, Cuachichiles, Tzacatocanos and Tecuexes. The origin of sedentarism comes with the first orchards, which allowed the development of the oldest neighborhoods: Triana, San Marcos, Guadalupe and La Estación.
 
The name "Aguascalientes" was given due to the abundance of thermal waters in the area. The Villa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de las Aguas Calientes was founded on October 22, 1575 mainly to protect and shelter the travelers who were heading to Mexico from Zacatecas.

Aguascalientes was named "a free and sovereign state" by the Constitution of 1857. Some of its main attractions are the State Government's building, which has four murals by the Chilean painter Oswaldo Barra Cunningham, the Cathedral of Salomonic Baroque style and the Culture House - of Colonial style.
 
One of most important religious festivities is the Romería de la Asunción, which is celebrated during the month of August to honor the Virgen de la Asunción, the town's benefactor.

The Museum of Aguascalientes hosts some extraordinary works of art by artists such as Saturnino Herrán, Jesús F. Contreras and Gabriel Fernández Ledesma.

The José Guadalupe Posada Museum, in the traditional neighborhood of Triana, exhibits works of art by the world-renowned painter of La Catrina.
 
At the Encino Chapel you can see a black Christ and old paintings representing the Vía Crusis (The Way of the Cross)

You can also visit the Expoplaza shopping center and the Monumental Bullfighting Ring, which is considered the most beautiful throughout Latin America.

More to see, the Heroes Mexicanos Park, the Theater of Aguascalientes and the Science Museum Descubre, which has the biggest screen of its type in the country (Omnimac).

The San Marcos National Fair is widely known as the most important festival in the country, it is celebrated during the second half of April until the first week of May. During the festival you can enjoy cockfights, bullfights, rodeos, prize-cattle shows, industrial and commercial exhibitions as well as cultural events and other activities. The famous Festival de las Calaveras takes place during the first week of November. Some of its most important events include altars in honor of the dead, diverse artistic and cultural shows and the traditional skeleton parade and the "living altar" which is unique in Mexico.
 
Palacio Municipal, Plaza de la Patria
Zona Centro
C.P. 20000
Phone: (499) 910-10-01 y 910-10-10
Aguascalientes, Ags., México.
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