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10 things you did not know about Monterrey

January 25, 2018

Monterrey is a city with a lot of history and incredible tourist places to discover. Although there is undoubtedly much that you already know, then we tell you 10 things that you did not know about this beautiful city.

1. Surely you have visited or heard of La Macroplaza, one of the best places to visit in Monterrey, what you probably do not know is that it has 40 hectares of extension, it measures 6 times more than the Zócalo of Mexico City and 5 times more than the size of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

2. Close to the Macroplaza, Washington Street is located and although one might think that it is named after the former president of the United States, the reality is that it was given this name because an African-American baker who had the surname Washington and lived on this artery.

3. On Melchor Ocampo Avenue, there is the Hotel Ancira, place where Pacho Villa stayed in 1915; as a curious fact, it is said that they also gave a room to his horse.

4. If you are visiting the city during the week and there is a game of Tigres or Rayados, you will notice, in addition to little traffic, that people carry their team's shirt to their work.

5. Speaking of sports, Monterrey is also home to Los Sultanes de Monterrey, the oldest team in the Mexican Baseball League that started in 1939.

6. After Rome, Monterrey is the city with the most basilicas in the world: The Basilica of Our Lady of the Oak, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Basilica of Guadalupe are 3 precincts that you can not miss.

7. If we talk about business, Monterrey is the birthplace of the company Vitro, one of the three most important glass packaging companies in the world.

8. In addition, it is one of the entities in the country that contributes the most in the Gross Domestic Product.

9. Many do not know, but in Monterrey the first radio station was established in all of Latin America, and the first FM in all of Mexico: Estéreo Rey, 92.5 FM.

10. It is a very “regia” custom is that for any motive or reason to light the coal to make a "roasted carnitas". Therefore is not only a coincidence that the Association of Bovine Cattle Engines of the Northeast (AEGBN) reported that on average, the “regios” consume 37 kilos of red meat per year. More than twice the national average, which is 14 kilos per year.

As you can see, Monterrey offers much to know. Come and discover more, we recommend you to stay at Best Western Plus Royal Courts , one of the most comfortable hotels, located just 10 minutes from the city center.

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