Old City San Luis Potosi, Mexico Part 1

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Jan

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! 🙂 

Blog, Mexico, North America, Photography, Travel

  1. Robin says:

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

  2. 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!

  3. Samantha says:

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

  4. 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!

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  5. Sarah says:

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

  6. Fábio says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. Kallsy says:

    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.

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. Staci says:

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

  11. Travelgal Nicole says:

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

  12. 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!

  13. beautiful images! felt like i was there 🙂

  14. Anjali says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. Emma says:

    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!

  18. Chrystina says:

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

  19. Kristen says:

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

  20. Tonya says:

    Wow! The architecture is beautiful!

  21. Daisy says:

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

  22. 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!

  23. Jacky says:

    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

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

  25. Jaina says:

    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.

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

  27. Kuleigh says:

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

  28. Eric Dent says:

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

  29. Stephanie says:

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

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