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- Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city in the state of Morelos in Mexico.
- Located in the central highlands of Mexico, about 50 miles south of Mexico City, it is often referred to as ‘la ciudad de la primavera eterna’ (‘the city of eternal springtime’) because of the year-round temperate climate.
- Many Aztec kings, Spanish conquistadors, and European monarchs selected it as a retreat for rest and relaxation. Even today, thousands of residents of Mexico City flock to Cuernavaca for weekend getaways.
- Economically, Cuernavaca is fueled by the agricultural industry, but has more recently grown to include the manufacturing industry due to foreign investments from companies like Nissan.
- Education is also an important aspect of Cuernavaca’s economic and cultural life. It is home to the Universidad Autonoma de Morelos, as well as around 50 language schools where college students, executives, diplomats and others who want to learn Spanish can study.
- Cuernavaca has numerous tourist attractions, like its cathedral, built by Franciscan missionaries in the 16th century. It is among the oldest churches still in use on the North American continent. The Palacio de Cortez, which sits beside Cuernavaca’s Zocalo (central public square), was constructed in the 16th century at the request of the Spanish Conquistador of Mexico, Hernan Cortez. Today, it houses a historical museum as well as a mural by the famous 20th Century painter, Diego Rivera.
- In early 1982, DSCI President, George Barrante, and the Director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations, Minoru Yasui, began to pursue a Mexican sister city relationship.
- At the end of the year, it was agreed that Cuernavaca would be the best fit out of the five potential cities.
- One characteristic of Cuernavaca that made it a fitting choice to be Denver’s sister city is its altitude. At nearly 5,200 feet above sea level, Cuernavaca could also be called ‘Mexico’s Mile High City’. With a population of over 300,000, it is home to many Americans, especially retirees.
- Since becoming Denver’s sixth sister city in 1983, residents of both cities have benefited from the cultural, educational and personal exchanges that the relationship has promoted.
- High school students from both cities have traveled to the other in educational exchanges.
- The Cuernavaca committee has provided financial support for a few hand-picked charitable organizations operating in Cuernavaca, such as a home for unwed mothers.
- In 1996, an older fire truck from the Denver Fire Department fleet was refurbished and sent to Cuernavaca’s fire department.
- It is the hope of Denver Sister Cities International to be able to rekindle and grow this relationship with our closest sister city.
More information about the government, economy, culture and people of Cuernavaca is available on the internet at http://www.cuernavaca.gob.mx.