Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico Part 1

January 30, 2017 58 Comments

You can view the first installments of my trip to Mexico on my San Luis Potosí, Mexico Part 1 and Part 2 posts

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know how much I LOVE history. I love learning about random pieces of history (hence my obsession with Vikings), and whenever I’m traveling somewhere, my favorite part of a trip is seeing all the old buildings. So it came as no surprise that I fell in love with the section of Old City San Luis Potosí, Mexico!

For a little background on Old City San Luis Potosí, Mexico, many of the buildings were built in the neoclassical and baroque styles and they are BEAUTIFUL. Franciscan priests from Spain arrived in 1539 and established Roman Catholic churches in the area, and let me tell you, I have never seen so many cathedrals and churches in such a concentrated area in my life. Many are even right across the street from each other. The city of San Luis Potosí was established in 1592, and it was a mining community. It was originally called Valle de San Luis, and Potosí means fortune and was added to the name when gold and silver mines opened. 

Like I’ve said before, San Luis Potosí, Mexico is not a touristy place at all, and it’s a great place to get an authentic taste of Mexico. Plus, just see how beautiful it is!

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

The Metropolitan Cathedral

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

We saw lots of street performers!

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Museo Regional Potosino

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Inside the Cathedral of San Francisco

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

The Cathedral of San Francisco

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Iglesia Sion

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

St. Augustin

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Inside St. Augustin

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Teatro de la Paz

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

The Mask Museum

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico

I’ll post more photos of Old City San Luis Potosí, Mexico next week! 🙂 

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58 Comments

  1. Reply

    Robin

    February 18, 2017

    I love that photo you took of the Metropolitan Cathedral looking up into the dome – it almost looks like an optical illusion! So cool!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 18, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Lena Elzayn

    February 8, 2017

    So much of Mexico is on our list, we’ve only been to Cabo so far, but we’ve never heard of Old City San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Your photos are just stunning and now we are adding Old City San Luis Potosi to our list! Thanks for the travel inspo!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 9, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  3. Reply

    Samantha

    February 5, 2017

    The architecture is stunning there ! Wow ! My boyfriend would love it !!! Need to get a trip in motion .

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 5, 2017

      Yes it’s a beautiful place!

  4. Reply

    Laagan Kaayo

    February 5, 2017

    Thanks for sharing the history with us. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to visit Mexico myself because the plane fare is pretty expensive coming from the Philippines but.. it is sure part of my bucketlist!

    http://www.laagankaayo.com

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 5, 2017

      Yes, it’s definitely worth a visit if you get the chance!

  5. Reply

    Sarah

    February 5, 2017

    Being a religious catholic, I do a mini pilgrimage in places like this where there are numerous churches around. Beautiful architecture! 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 5, 2017

      Yes I love visiting churches! Do you have a favorite area?

  6. Reply

    Fábio

    February 5, 2017

    How I love places like this, with less tourism but full of history.
    Because of you I want to go to San Luis Potosi 😉

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 5, 2017

      That’s great! It’s definitely worth a visit!

  7. Reply

    Cycloscope - Adventure Cycling

    February 5, 2017

    I share your love for history. I think is so important for the traveller to know at least a little bit about what happened in the place we visit. That gives a bigger picture and enhances the experience.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 5, 2017

      Very true!

  8. Reply

    Kallsy

    February 4, 2017

    In a lot of ways it reminds me of Mission San Juan Capistrano in Dana Point, CA. I was just there last weekend! However the design here is obviously more intricate.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 4, 2017

      I’ll have to check that out!

  9. Reply

    Birthe (from Wandering the World)

    February 4, 2017

    Old City San Luis Potosi is indeed beautiful! We haven’t been to Mexico yet, but it’s on our list! Just like many other places. 😉 Some family recently went though, and they were really impressed, saying we should go too. We will, someday. 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 4, 2017

      Yes, it’s definitely worth visiting if you get the chance!

  10. Reply

    Staci

    February 4, 2017

    I love your detail photos of the cathedral – they could be fine art prints, so pretty!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 4, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  11. Reply

    Travelgal Nicole

    February 3, 2017

    There is so much history there and such beautiful architecture. Beautiful photos!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 4, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  12. Reply

    Luci's Morsels

    February 3, 2017

    How beautiful!! I love that this isn’t a tourist spot either. I visited a small (SMALL) town in Baja California a little over a year ago and love wandering the small town and the old church without any other tourists!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 3, 2017

      I love visiting small towns, too!

  13. Reply

    jordanne simons

    February 2, 2017

    beautiful images! felt like i was there 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 2, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  14. Reply

    Anjali

    February 2, 2017

    Love these photos – you did an awesome job making me feel like I’m there! *And that I SHOULD be there!!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 2, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes, you should definitely visit!!

  15. Reply

    Thirty30Courtney

    February 1, 2017

    I too, enjoy nerding out a little bit during my travels. It’s usually never a problem because most of the time I am solo. I miss Mexico and enjoyed Mexico City more than Cancun just because of its richness.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 2, 2017

      I haven’t gone to Mexico City yet, but it’s on my bucket list!

  16. Reply

    Maegan White

    February 1, 2017

    This place reminds me so much of Old SAn Juan, Puerto Rico! I am a fool for old doors and pops of colors at every corner! Cheers!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Thanks! Old San Juan is on my bucket list!

  17. Reply

    Emma

    February 1, 2017

    Wow, that cathedral is stunning and the dome is absolutely beautiful inside. So much beautiful architecture in one place. Mexico does have a lot of history and there’s so much to see – looking forward to Mexico part 2!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Thanks! Yes, all the architecture was incredible!

  18. Reply

    Chrystina

    February 1, 2017

    Look at all of those pops of color!! I love it. So much cooler architecture than here.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      I know right??

  19. Reply

    Kristen

    February 1, 2017

    Thanks for giving us a window into another world. Love the architectural captures.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Thanks! 🙂

  20. Reply

    Tonya

    February 1, 2017

    Wow! The architecture is beautiful!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Yeah it was pretty incredible!

  21. Reply

    Daisy

    February 1, 2017

    Love your photos! There is just something about architecture down south. The colors are always so vibrant and ambiance cheerful!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂 I agree!

  22. Reply

    Tatum Skipper

    February 1, 2017

    Envious of people who have a knack for history because I cannot bring myself to like it whatsoever. Even though I might not love history, these places look stunning! The architectural detail is definitely something to write home to!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Yes, the architecture there is so ornate!

  23. Reply

    Jacky

    February 1, 2017

    Aah! I love history and architecture too 😀
    Beautiful pictures! I really love the combination of the traditional European architecture and the Latin choice of colour! ❤

    Jacky

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  24. Reply

    Elisa martinez

    February 1, 2017

    Wow! My parents are from mexico so yes there are many beautiful churches

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      I was amazed how ornate all of them are!

  25. Reply

    Jaina

    February 1, 2017

    Amazing photos! and stunning architecture, paintings and interiors! Like you mentioned, the place doesn’t look touristy at all! Part of me was thinking, wow this place needs more promotion and the other part of me was like hidden gems like this might lose its warmth if its too crowded.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes, I love keeping hidden gems hidden so they don’t become hot spots!

  26. Reply

    Lauren Cocking

    February 1, 2017

    I live in Mexico and I’ve been dying to go to San Luis for aaaages. Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Where in Mexico do you live? You should definitely visit when you get the chance!!

  27. Reply

    Kuleigh

    February 1, 2017

    Absolutely beautiful details in the architecture! Thanks for sharing. I love traveling through other people’s eyes.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 1, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  28. Reply

    Eric Dent

    January 30, 2017

    There were two young women in the tournament in Sarasota from SLP. They were good!

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 30, 2017

      That’s cool! Did you recognize them from the tournament?

  29. Reply

    Stephanie

    January 30, 2017

    Wow! The architecture there is amazing!!! Love these photos.

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 30, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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