The Info List - Toluca

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Region Toluca

Metro area Greater Toluca

Municipal Status December 13, 1812[1]

Municipal Seat Toluca
de Lerdo


 • Type Ayuntamiento

 • Municipal President Fernando Zamora Morales


 • Municipality 452.37 km2 (174.66 sq mi)

 • Water 7.30 km2 (2.82 sq mi)

Elevation (of seat) 2,660 m (8,730 ft)

Population (2010 Census) 

 • Municipality 819,561

Time zone Central (US Central) (UTC-6)

 • Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)

Postal code (of seat) 50000

Area code(s) 722 / 729

Demonym Toluqueño (a) or tolucense (more formal)

Website Official website (in Spanish)

[toˈluka], officially called Toluca
de Lerdo [toˈluka ðe ˈlerðo], is the state capital of the State of Mexico
State of Mexico
as well as the seat of the Municipality
of Toluca. It is the center of a rapidly growing urban area, now the fifth largest in Mexico. It is located 63 kilometres (39 mi) west-southwest of Mexico
City, about 40 minutes by car to the western edge of the city. According to the 2010 census, the city of Toluca
has a population of 819,561.[2] The city is the fifth largest in Mexico
by population. The municipality of Toluca, along with thirteen other municipalities, make up the metropolitan population of 1,775,337 in Greater Toluca
Greater Toluca
as of 2009[update],[3] making it the fifth most populous metropolitan area in Mexico.


1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Pre-Columbian era 2.2 Colonial period 2.3 Independence and post-independence

3 Geography

3.1 Climate

4 Economy

4.1 Industrial zone

5 Transportation

5.1 Road 5.2 Rail 5.3 Airport 5.4 Bike sharing

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools

7 Main sights

7.1 Museums

8 Culture 9 Food and drink 10 Sports 11 Notable people 12 International relations

12.1 Twin towns – Sister cities

13 See also 14 References

14.1 Notes

15 External links


Burned Matlatzinca remains of the city of Calixtlahuaca.

When Toluca
was founded by the Matlatzincas, its original name was Nepintahihui (land of corn, tierra del maíz). The current name is based on the Náhuatl
name for the area when it was renamed by the Aztecs in 1473. The name has its origin in the word tollocan that comes from the name of the god, Tolo, plus the locative suffix, can, to denote "place of Tolo".[4] It is also referred to in a number of Aztec
codices as Tolutépetl, meaning hill of the god, Tolo, an allusion to the nearby volcano.[5] The name Toluca
de Lerdo was adopted in 1861 in honor of President Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada.[6] History[edit] Pre-Columbian era[edit]

Tlatoāni Axayacatl, Aztec
emperor from 1469 to 1481, under whom the Kingdom of Calixtlahuaca
was conquered and annexed by the Aztec empire.

The Valley of Toluca
was known as Matlatzinco Valley in ancient times and home to at least four linguistic groups: the Matlatzinca, Otomi, Mazahua, and Nahua peoples. In the Postclassic period, the valley was ruled by a large powerful capital city whose ruins are located today in the village of Calixtlahuaca, just north of the city of Toluca. In 1478 the Mexica
emperor Axayacatl
conquered the Toluca
Valley. The capital was stripped of its dynasty and power and some lands were distributed to kings and nobles from the Valley of Mexico.[7] One of the rivals of Calixtlahuaca
was Tollocan, a minor city-state before 1478. When Axayacatl
destroyed Calixtlahuaca, he placed the imperial provincial capital in Tollocan. Calixtlahuaca
and other towns in the Toluca Valley
Toluca Valley
paid tribute to the Aztec
Empire through Tollocan. After the Spanish conquest, the name Tollocan was changed to Toluca. Archaeologists have not yet located a major Postclassic settlement within the modern city. Either the pre-Hispanic city of Tollocan was destroyed and covered over by the expansion of Toluca, or else the remains of Tollocan could lie outside of the modern city. A small Postclassic site was discovered on the hill called Tolochi, which is in the north of the modern city, but the remains seem too insubstantial to have been a major provincial capital. The tree of "Las Manitas Rojas", which literally means "little red hands", was planted before the Spanish Conquest in what is now the monastery of Nuestra Señora del Carmen. This tree is significant because it shows that Toluca
was important enough for the Aztecs to create a botanical garden.[8] Colonial period[edit] In 1521, the Spanish conquered the Valley of Toluca. Leading the troops was Gonzalo de Sandoval, one of Cortes' many sergeants. Toluca’s first governor was Pedro Cortés Coyotzin. The valley of Toluca
and what is now the city of Toluca
were included in the concession made by King Carlos V of Spain
to Hernán Cortés. In 1524, the evangelization process started in Toluca. The most notable figure of this effort is Fray Andrés Castro, from Burgos, the old capital of Castile, by making a great number of improvements to the city and being the first one to learn the native Matlatzincan language. The friar was well loved by the Matlzinca people, as he worked to protect them from the injustices of the early colonial period. He is remembered to this day with a plaza that bears his name which includes a sculpture depicting him.[5] A Spanish community was established in 1530, but it was not until 1677 that Toluca
was categorized as a town. In 1793, the construction of a road to Mexico City was started. Although Toluca
was recognized as a city as early as 1662,[5] only in 1799, was Toluca
officially named a city by the King Carlos IV
Carlos IV
of Spain
on September 12.[9] Independence and post-independence[edit]

City Hall.

In 1810, at the beginning of the independence movement, Miguel Hidalgo stayed in Toluca
for a few days on his way to the Battle of Monte de las Cruces. In 1811, a group of indigenous natives of Mexico
was shot and killed by Spanish royalists. In memorial to those who were killed in this incident, the place where this occurred was named "Plaza of the Martires". In 1812, the first city council of Toluca
was installed. In 1821, independence was proclaimed by the local authorities. After the creation of the State of Mexico
State of Mexico
in 1825, the state capital moved to different cities several times.[5] until in 1830, Toluca
was finally designated as the constitutional capital of the State of Mexico. In 1832, the building of "Los Portales" was started in downtown Toluca. In 1836, because of the centralization of the Mexican federal government, all branches of government were relocated to Mexico City
Mexico City
after some were in Toluca
for several years. In 1847, thanks to Ignacio Ramírez, "El Nigromante" or the Institute of Literature opened. In 1851, the "Teatro Principal" was built by González Arratia. Mariano Riva Palacio
Mariano Riva Palacio
was named governor of the state and he started the most important modernization process of the city in the 19th century. In 1881, The Industrial Union was founded, the railroad was opened and the Bank of State of Mexico
State of Mexico
created the first bills in the country. In 1882, the Teachers College was founded. In 1910, people celebrated a century of Independence, and the Plaza España was inaugurated.[9] Geography[edit]

Nevado de Toluca.

Sun's Lagoon inside the Nevado de Toluca.

The municipality of Toluca, which has a geographical extent of 420.14 km2 (162.2 sq mi), includes numerous communities other than Toluca
de Lerdo, the largest of which are the municipalities of San Pablo Autopan and San José Guadalupe Otzacatipan. The municipality is bordered by the municipalities of Almoloya de Juárez, Temoaya, Otzolotepec, Xonacatlán, Lerma, San Mateo Atenco, Metepec, Calimaya, Tenango del Valle, Villa Guerrero
and Zinacantepec.[10] The Lerma River flows from Lake Almoloya del Río
Almoloya del Río
through the center of the municipality towards the west, flowing into Lake Chapala. From this point westward the river takes the name of Río Grande de Santiago. And it goes from this lake to the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
in the state of Nayarit. The river is about1,180 km (730 mi) long; about 60% of it is known as Lerma River and 40% as Santiago River.[11] The Nevado de Toluca
Nevado de Toluca
or Xinantécatl
is 30 km (19 mi) southwest of the city. The god Tolo was supposed to reside in the volcano's crater. Its original indigenous name wasChignahualtecatl which means "Nine Mountains" but later was named Xinantecatl which means "naked man", because the silhouette of its crater resembles a sleeping man, before the Spaniards named it Nevado, meaning "snow-covered". It is a place of increasing sporting activity, such as mountain biking, climbing, and high altitude running. It is the only volcano in Mexico that has two lagoons and can be reached by automobile. There have been proposals to turn this mountain into a ski hill because of its accessibility and the low temperatures that exist on the mountain throughout the year, but recent reports on global warming have raised fears that the snow cap on the mountain will disappear completely within a few decades.[12] The area was converted into the Nevado de Toluca
National Park in January 1936 with about1,517 km2 (585.7 sq mi) in area.[13] The park has forest land, especially of pines and obeto trees. The prevalent animals are camp rats, teporingos, squirrels, tlacuaches, lizards, snakes, and eagles. On the lower part of this mountain there are picnic tables and BBQ grills. In the higher part of the volcano (inside) there are two lagoons in which visitors can practice scuba-diving and fishing. This volcano is unique in Mexico
in that one can enter the crater by car.[14] Sierra Morelos
Park is about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away from the center of Toluca. This is a reforested area with a small artificial lake, a picnic area and playground.[14] Climate[edit]


Climate chart (explanation)


    14     19 1

    8.7     20 3

    12     23 4

    32     24 7

    63     24 8

    139     22 9

    154     21 9

    140     21 8

    113     21 9

    53     21 6

    11     20 4

    6.9     19 2

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

totals in mm

Source: SMN[15]

Imperial conversion


    0.6     66 34

    0.3     69 37

    0.5     73 40

    1.2     75 44

    2.5     75 46

    5.5     72 49

    6.1     69 48

    5.5     70 47

    4.5     69 47

    2.1     70 44

    0.4     68 38

    0.3     66 36

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

totals in inches

Under the Köppen climate classification, Toluca
features a subtropical highland climate (Cwb), with relatively cool, dry winters, and mild, wet, humid summers. Freezing temperatures are common during winter.[10] Toluca's climate is the coolest of any large Mexican city due to its altitude (2,680 metres (8,793 ft) above sea level).[citation needed] Winter nights are cold and the temperature may drop below 0 °C (32 °F). Throughout the year, the temperature is rarely below −3 °C (27 °F) or above 27 °C (81 °F).[16] The climate is prone to extended dry periods particularly in the winter. The rainy season extends from June to October. Just outside the heavily industrialized city, the municipality has forests with oak, pine, fir, cedar, cypress and other flora, characteristic of the temperate zone of central Mexico.

Climate data for Toluca

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 27.0 (80.6) 30.0 (86) 32.5 (90.5) 31.0 (87.8) 33.5 (92.3) 31.0 (87.8) 27.0 (80.6) 26.0 (78.8) 27.5 (81.5) 28.5 (83.3) 26.0 (78.8) 31.0 (87.8) 33.5 (92.3)

Average high °C (°F) 19.1 (66.4) 20.4 (68.7) 22.7 (72.9) 23.8 (74.8) 24.0 (75.2) 22.2 (72) 20.8 (69.4) 20.9 (69.6) 20.7 (69.3) 20.9 (69.6) 20.2 (68.4) 19.0 (66.2) 21.2 (70.2)

Daily mean °C (°F) 10.2 (50.4) 11.4 (52.5) 13.5 (56.3) 15.2 (59.4) 16.0 (60.8) 15.7 (60.3) 14.7 (58.5) 14.6 (58.3) 14.6 (58.3) 13.6 (56.5) 11.8 (53.2) 10.7 (51.3) 13.5 (56.3)

Average low °C (°F) 1.2 (34.2) 2.5 (36.5) 4.3 (39.7) 6.5 (43.7) 8.0 (46.4) 9.2 (48.6) 8.7 (47.7) 8.4 (47.1) 8.6 (47.5) 6.4 (43.5) 3.5 (38.3) 2.4 (36.3) 5.8 (42.4)

Record low °C (°F) −8.3 (17.1) −6.6 (20.1) −6.6 (20.1) 0.5 (32.9) 2.4 (36.3) 3.8 (38.8) 0.8 (33.4) 2.6 (36.7) −0.4 (31.3) −2.8 (27) −7.0 (19.4) −5.0 (23) −8.3 (17.1)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 14.0 (0.551) 8.7 (0.343) 12.1 (0.476) 31.7 (1.248) 63.4 (2.496) 139.3 (5.484) 153.9 (6.059) 140.4 (5.528) 113.3 (4.461) 53.3 (2.098) 10.5 (0.413) 6.9 (0.272) 747.5 (29.429)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 2.5 2.9 3.6 7.5 13.5 18.7 23.3 23.0 18.1 10.2 3.9 2.3 129.5

Average relative humidity (%) 64 61 58 56 60 68 71 72 72 70 67 65 65

Mean monthly sunshine hours 245 238 271 247 224 168 176 179 168 196 220 229 2,561

Source #1: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional[15][17]

Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst
Deutscher Wetterdienst
(sun, 1961–1990)[18][a]


at night.

In colonial times, Toluca
first gained economic importance as a producer of smoked and cured meats, especially chorizo sausage. The nearby town of Lerma still carries on this tradition. However, since that time, Toluca's economy has expanded far beyond sausage to become one of the most industrialized areas in Mexico.[19] Its geographic position in the center of the country and proximity to Mexico City
Mexico City
as well as its well-developed infrastructure, have allowed Toluca
to grow into a major industrial zone for the state.[20] Toluca
began consolidating in the 1940s,[5] but the most intense industrialization began in the 1950s and continued through most of the 1980s. The growth and industrialization of Toluca
is closely tied to the growth and changes in economic activities that have occurred in the Mexico
City metropolitan area.[21] Most industrial enterprises are on the small and micro-level but the city has attracted a large number of international corporations. Major products produced include food processing, metals and machinery, paper products, printed matter as well as auto production. The industrial base of the Toluca metropolitan area employs over 33% of the municipality's population and 6% of the entire state's population.[20] Outside of the metropolitan area, the economy is still based on agriculture and livestock, with some income from tourism. Only a little over four percent of the total municipal population engages in agriculture raising corn, wheat, beans, potatoes, peas, fava beans and oats on a little over half of the municipality's territory. Livestock raising is a greater source of income with 10,286 sites producing cattle, pigs, sheep and domestic fowl. Tourism is based on the Nevado de Toluca
volcano and the archeological zone of Calixtlahuaca. Despite being little known internationally, they manage to represent about 50% of the state's tourism income.[20] Toluca
lies in the southern part of the valley and its economic influence is most strongly felt in the southern and central parts of the valley. The northern parts of the valley have closer ties to Atlacomulco. The core metropolitan area of Toluca
consists of the municipalities of Toluca, Lerma, Metepec, San Mateo Atenco, Ocoyoacac and Zinacantepec. The economic interdependence of these municipalities are most similar to that of the communities in the Mexico
City metropolitan area. There are two "outer spheres" of the metropolitan area. The first consists of the municipalities of Almoloya del Río, Capulhuac, Mexicaltzingo, San Antonio la Isla, Tenango del Valle
Tenango del Valle
and Xonacatlán. The furthest sphere consists of Santiango Tianguistenco, Santa María Rayón, Santa Cruz Atizapán
Santa Cruz Atizapán
and Chapultepec, México. These spheres are defined not only by geographical distance but also by population growth and rate of urbanization.[21] Industrial zone[edit]

Huizi station in Toluca

The Museum of Science and Industry.

is located in the economic center of Mexico. Toluca
has become an important economic city because of its industries and infrastructure that produce drinks, food, textiles, cars, electric products and such. Since 1944, many industries have settled in Toluca rather than in other cities. In 1965, the industrial zone of Toluca-Lerma-Tianguistenco, which is located on the north side of Toluca, began to attract industries to the area. The city now has five additional major industrial parks: Corredor Industrial Toluca, Parque Industrial Lerma, Parque Industrial Exportec I., Parque Industrial Exportec II and the Parque Industrial El Coecillo.[22] Chrysler's Toluca Car Assembly has manufactured automobiles since 1968. The 220-acre (0.89 km2) complex — where the FIAT 500 is assembled — employs 2300 people.[23] Other companies located here and other of Toluca's industrial parks are BMW, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, Femsa, Grupo Bimbo, Nissan, Nestlé, Pfizer, Bayer, Crisa, Barcel, Knorr, Trelleborg Automotive, and HSBC.[24] have complete manufacturing and R&D facilities in the Toluca
industrial park. Mercedes-Benz manufactures the C-Class, E-Class, G-Class, here and upgrades the GL-Class, S-Class and CLS-Class to armored vehicles at this facility. BMW
manufactures its 3, 5, 7 and X5 series and also offers armored variants. Transportation[edit] Road[edit] Toluca
has an infrastructure of highways that connect the city with the main cities of the country as well as its international Airport, and inter-city bus Station.[25] The Libramiento (bypass) Toluca
is a project to directly connect the Toluca- Mexico City
Mexico City
highway to the east of the city to the Toluca- Atlacomulco
highway the extends north. It will permit easier access to the airport as well as a bypass route for traffic heading from Mexico City
Mexico City
to the west and northwest. The libramiento is already complete, but it is not used by many people because of the high tolls.[26] The highways that connect Toluca
with Mexico City
Mexico City
and Guadalajara
are being expanded and modernized due to the "Mexiquese Outer Loop" (Circuito Exterior Mexiquense) project, which aims to improve major highways leading from Mexico City
Mexico City
to the rest of the country.[27] One proposed highway, called Autopista Lerma - Tres Marías y Ramal Tenango (Lerma - Tres Marías and Tenango branch highway), aims to improve transit between Toluca
and Cuernavaca, as well as other cities to the south. Currently, almost all major roadways serving Toluca transit in the north. It will allow transit from Toluca
to southern and eastern destinations bypassing Mexico City
Mexico City
but connecting the city with the Mexico
City– Cuernavaca
highway. However, the project is opposed by Greenpeace Mexico
as well as a number of local groups, primarily due to the possible damage it can cause to the "Great Water Forest" "Gran Bosque del Agua" forest, which contains an important aquifer for the Toluca, Cuernavaca
and Mexico City
Mexico City
metropolitan areas. There are also concerns that the highway will extend development into small towns that do not want it.[28] Rail[edit] A commuter rail line known as Toluca– Mexico City
Mexico City
commuter rail will connect Toluca
to Mexico
City. The line will commence service in 2018.[29] Airport[edit] Toluca
is served by Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos
Adolfo López Mateos
International Airport. The airport has a 4,200-metre (13,800-foot) runway and is located 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Toluca
and 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the country’s capital, thus serving as an overflow airport for Mexico
City. This airport has started a development initiative of the Federal and State Governments, as well as the private sector, which provided an investment of almost 3,200 million U.S. dollars in the last 2 years[citation needed]. This airport has created 4,500 jobs and has contributed to the increase of commercial activity for the metropolitan area. It has also attracted many airline passengers who live in Mexico City
Mexico City
to use the Toluca
airport, which represents migration in potential consumers of 2.2 million passengers in 2007 and it is projected that for 2008 up to five millions travelers may utilize the Toluca
Airport, which would make it the 4th busiest in the country.[9] Bike sharing[edit] Toluca's Huizi public bike share system was launched in 2015 with 27 stations and 350 bicycles. The system is operated by PBSC Urban Solutions. Education[edit]

Toluca's ITESM campus.

Since Toluca
is the capital of the State of Mexico, there are several diverse and important educational centers such as the state-funded public university, the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM). Also, it is home to major private universities, including campuses of the Universidad Tecnológica de México
Universidad Tecnológica de México
(UNITEC), Tecnológico de Monterrey
(ITESM), and the Universidad del Valle de México. There are currently 574 schools in Toluca, with about 8,320 teachers. The illiteracy rate is 7.33%, which is considered high.[20] UAEM, the state's public university, has its roots in the Literary Institute, later named the Scientific and Literary Institute, which was founded in 1828. It has been a prestigious institution and educated figures such as José María Heredia, Ignacio Ramírez, Felipe Sánchez Solís, Ignacio Manuel Altamirano
Ignacio Manuel Altamirano
and Adolfo López Mateos. The Institute became an autonomous university in 1956. The original building, situated downtown near Benito Juárez street, has been remodeled and houses the dean's offices. The university has installations in various parts of the city, but the most noticeable is "Ciudad Universitaria" (lit. "university city"), a campus built around the hill Cerro de Coatepec. A monumental bust of Adolfo López Mateos, alumnus and former president of Mexico
(1958-1964), is displayed at the top of the hill.[5] Primary and secondary schools[edit]

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Private schools in Toluca

Instituto Simón Bolívar Toluca

Main sights[edit]

Historic center of the City.

Church of El Carmen.

Foyer of the Toluca

The Toluca

The Cosmovitral

Hombre sol ("Sun man").

'Felipe Villanueva' Concert Hall.

The center of the town is the Zócalo, also known as Plaza de los Mártires ("Plaza of the Martyrs"), which includes buildings such as the Palace of the State Government and the Justice Palace (Palacio de Justicia). The square is named after events that took place after the Battle of Tenango Hill during the Mexican War of Independence. Insurgent commander José Maria Oviedo was faced with the royalist army of Rosendo Porlier, who succeeded in driving the rebels northward to Toluca. Viceroy Venegas ordered reinforcments for Porlier's army and dispersed the insurgents, causing them to lose artillery and supplies. In addition, the royalist forces took over a hundred prisoners and executed them in the main square. The bodies of the prisoners were buried in a mass grave behind what is now the Municipal Palace. A temple was built over the spot after the end of the Revolution. A monument to Father Miguel Hidalgo, the "father" of the Mexican Revolution is in the center of the square. It was created in Florence
by Rivalta in 1899. The pedestal has reliefs depicting the storming of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas and the Battle of Monte de las Cruces.[5] The central plaza is surrounded by state and municipal government buildings. The state government palace and the Chamber of Deputies are recent constructions, but the buildings housing the state court and the municipal palace date from the 19th century. The state court building originally was the home of the state government and was designed by Ramón Rodriguez Arangoiti, who also designed the imperial wing of the Chapultepec Castle. The municipal palace was completed in 1873 on land that once belonged to a Franciscan
monastery. The Chamber of Deputies building contains murals done by Leopoldo Flores, which together are known as Construction: Images and Flight depicting man constructing buildings and himself at the same time. The municipal palace and the Chamber of Deputies are decorated with Neoclassic façades, but the other government buildings, built in the 1960s are faced with tezontle in the style of the 18th-century palaces in Mexico City.[5] The Temple of La Merced is one of the most ancient convents still preserved and one of the most important founded by Spaniards. It is a beautiful building of a religious order called mercenarios, and it shows architectural styles from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Its principal façade has 3 naves and was constructed ithe 18th century on the remains of the old Temple of San Francisco. The interior of the temple exhibits neoclassical style with gold-leaf. It features oil paintings from the aforementioned times, such as the "Birth of San Pedro Nolasco", founder of the Mercenarios order. The temple became a hospice for orphans and beggars. Baroque
construction style can be seen in the pilasters, niches and the order's shield. Inside, you can see paintings of Felipe Gutierrez, a Mexican painter who graduated from the San Carlos Academy. It is located in downtown Toluca
on Jose Ma. Morelos
street. Los Portales represent the social and commercial life of the city. They are a composed of three sets of arches or portals that extend on the 3 sides of the city block that extends behind the main cathedral. Behind the sets of arches there is walking space that takes you around the stores that are contained within. The western arches follow the perimeter of what was the La Asunción Franciscan
monastery. The eastern and southern arches were completed in 1836 by José María González Arratia. The original western arches were built by the Buenaventura Merlín. Each side consists of basket-handle arches, each with a balcony. Each side has its own name. The eastern one, with 37 arches, is called "20 de Noviembre" or "Constitución"; the southern one, with 44 arches, is called "Madero" and the western one, with 35 arches, is called "Reforma". There are four additional arches at the entrance to Avenida Independencia. Near Los Portales are some of the city's oldest businesses, some of which date from the 19th century such as the pharmacy on Calle Santos Degollado, a brass and iron workshop on Avenida Lerdo and a leather workshop on Avenida Juárez.[5] The Plaza de Fray Andrés de Castro is located next to Los Portales and connected to the older arches by means of a passageway with a transparent roof. It is a semi-enclosed space which was once the sacristy of the La Asunción Franciscan
Monastery. The sacristy was built by Felipe de Ureña and José Rivera and is essentially a reproduction of the Santa María del Puerto hermitage in Madrid
and is one of the few remaining buildings of the old monastery. The square in front was recently remodeled but still contains traditional stores selling garapiña, traditional candies, tacos and other regional foods. The Municipal Historic Archive is located above the passageway leading to Los Portales.[5] The Cathedral of Toluca
was begun in 1867 by José Francisco de Paula on land originally belonging to the Asunción de Toluca
Franciscan monastery. The building was originally designed by Agustín Carrillo. However, in 1870, Ramon Rodriguez Arangoiti redesigned the cathedral, based on his experience with old Roman basilicas although the present-day building still contains a number of the elements of the original design such as the aisle that runs parallel to the façade serving as a narthex, allowing access to the central and two side naves. The straight central nave is lighted by round arched windows. The outside façade consists of two parts. The first has seven columned areas, as well as niches with the images of Saint John, Saint Thomas, Saint Peter
Saint Peter
and Saint James. The second part rises above the main doors with three columned areas containing balconies, stained-glass windows and balustrades, terminating in a rectilinear pendiment with an image of the Ascension of the Lord.[5] In this, the cathedral shares design elements with the Cathedral of Mexico City.[30] Above this, there is a clock with sculptures depicting the Fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church, Saint John Chrisotomus, Saint Basil the Great, Saint Athanasius
Saint Athanasius
and Saint Gregory of Nyssa. The cathedral is topped by a dome with a bronze statue of Saint Joseph, who is the patron saint of the city, holding the infant Jesus.[5] Overall the cathedral is a mix of styles, represents the various stages in which it was built and remodeled.[30] The Tercer Orden Temple is located to the side of the main cathedral. Its façade is integrated into the main cathedral's in the popular indigenous Baroque
architecture of the 18th century. It was the seat of the bishopric until 1978, when it was moved to the main cathedral. The temple contains a number of paintings, including The Three Orders and The Family Tree of Saint Francis.[5] The Cosmovitral
is located in a stone and ironwork building in the center of Toluca, designed in 1910 by engineer Manuel Arratia in order to accommodate the "16 de Septiembre" market. It was constructed in Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
and Neoclassical style, with an area of 5,000 square metres (53,820 square feet). It is now a botanical garden with more than 400 species of plants from all over the world. It also features a series of stained glass windows that are considered the largest in the world. These windows were created and designed by a Mexican artist named Leopoldo Flores. Cosmovitral
was inaugurated in 1980 and completed in 1990. The stained glass ceiling represents the Milky Way and joins the "Hombre Sol" (Sun Man) with the Galaxy of Andromeda. It is a monumental piece measuring 3,200 square metres (34,445 square feet) with more than 30 thousand pieces and half a million glass pieces of 28 different colors coming from many different parts of the world such as Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Japan, Canada and the United States. It has a series of scenes that symbolize man's search of the light, the good and the wisdom to elevate his spirit to liberate him from the shadows of evil and the ignorance in an epic tale without beginning or end. At the spring equinox, the solar disc crosses the heart of "El hombre Sol" (the sun man), causing an explosion of light.[9] The Santa Veracruz
Temple is the home of a famous image of "Our Lord of the Holy Cross" also known as a "Black Christ". This image was originally housed in the San Francisco Temple, but the increasing number of worshippers dictated the building of its own sanctuary. Construction began in 1753, but because of friction between the Franciscans and worshippers, it was not completed until 1797. Although the original plans included two towers, only one was built, containing two hexagonal bodies, pairs of columns and balconies with semicircular rails. Both bodies are topped with domes, each bearing a cross. The space that was reserved for the second tower instead has an ornate clock.[5] Museums[edit]

Towers Bicentenary Museum.

Toluca, being the capital of the State of Mexico, is home of several important museums. It is second only to Mexico City
Mexico City
in number of museums. Some of them honor important Mexican artists such as José María Velasco Gómez, Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, and Luis Nishizawa, among others. These museums are the following:

The Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) was founded in 1945 by the ex-governor Isidro Fabela. It is the oldest museum of Toluca. It displays art by José Juarez, Cristóbal de Villalpando, Miguel Cabrera, among others. It is housed in an 18th-century building that was once the "Descalced Carmelite Purísima Concepción" convent and built between 1697 and 1711. One of the most valuable pieces is a catafalque dating from the mid 18th century. Since these artifacts were almost always burned by Church authorities, this is an extremely rare piece.[5] The Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Museum of Natural Sciences) has been located in Matlatzinca Park since 1971. It was found by the ex-governor Carlos Hank González. It presents expositions related to natural sciences. Also it holds Luis Camarena González’s collections of butterflies, insects, mammals and crustaceans. The Museo de la Estampa (Print Museum) was dedicated in 1987 to graphic art. It displays lithographic, xylographic, chalcographic, serigraphic, offset and neographic art from Manuel Manilla, José Guadalupe Posada, Carlos Alvarado Lang, Alfredo Zalce, Rufino Tamayo, etc. It has seven display rooms and an embossing workshop. The Museo de la Acuarela (Watercolor Museum) was founded in 1993 and is one of the few museums in the world dedicated to watercolors. It has rooms dedicated to Mexican artists like Pastor Velázquez, Vicente Mendiola, Edgardo Coghlan, Ignacio Barrios and Ángel Mauro. It also has a Estado de México room with pieces which have won national prizes. It is located in a house that has always been known as "El Gallito" (Little Rooster), a name which appears in the crest of the main façade.[5] The Museo de la Numismática (Numismatics Museum) was founded in 1987 by the state government in order to show Mexico's history through coins from the pre-Hispanic period up to the present day. It is one of a kind in Latin America. The collection of bills is very important because of its antiquity.[5] The Museo José María Velasco (José María Velasco Museum) was founded in honor of one of the most famous landscape artists of the 19th century. It holds about 40 pieces from the artist as well as drawings and oil paintings. It has a library and a central patio where cultural events take place. The building was once occupied by Father Miguel Hidalgo
Miguel Hidalgo
before he fought in the Battle of Monte de las Cruces. Works on permanent display include: "The Volcanoes Seen from the Ocotlán Valley", "The Valley of Mexico
from Molino del Rey" and "Self-Portrait".[5] The Museo Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez (Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez Museum) also has a room of Mexican paintings from the 19th century. It has a collection of 225 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings which reflects Gutiérrez’s evolution as an artist. The Museo-Taller Luis Nishizawa
Luis Nishizawa
( Luis Nishizawa
Luis Nishizawa
Workshop-Museum) was founded in honor of the artist in 1992. It has 7 halls and a library specializing in art and an information center. It is located in the old El Cóporo neighborhood, housed in one of Toluca's oldest mansions which is mentioned in numerous 17th century documents.[5] The Centro Cultural Mexiquense
Centro Cultural Mexiquense
contains three museums. The Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art) holds a great collection of Mexican paintings of the 20th and 21st centuries. The pieces come from other museums like Bellas Artes as well as from artist and institutional donations. Some of the artists represented are Gilberto Navarro, José Luis Cuevas, Siqueiros, Leopoldo Flores, etc. The Museo de Culturas Populares (Museum of Popular Cultures) displays a large collection of crafts, including items make of wood, bones, glass, seeds, as well as textiles, traditional toys and regional candy and other foods. The Museo de Antropología e Historia (Museum of Anthropology and History) has more than 1000 pieces on display, with an introductory room, five archeological rooms, seven ethnographic rooms and one historical room. Its theme is Mexico's place in the evolution of the hemisphere's history and geography, as well as the geopolitical and strategic importance of the State of Mexico. Some of the finest Aztec
stone sculptures are on display, including an important image of the god Ehecatl.[31] The Museo de Sitio (Site Museum) at Calixtlahuaca
is located just north of the modern city of Toluca
in its municipality. This small museum has some of the finds excavated at the site in the 1930s. It has a circular form in imitation of the famous circular temple of Calixtlahuaca. The CASART or Casa de Artesanias (House of Handcrafts) is located on Avenida Tollocan near the highway leading to Mexico
City. This large outlet run by the government specialized in crafts produced in the Toluca Valley
Toluca Valley
area. Items include sweaters from Gualupita, rebozos (shawls) from Tenancingo, rugs from Temoaya, pottery from Metepec, Temascalcingo
and Valle de Bravo, as well as wooden items from Santa María Rayón.[32] The Museo Modelo de Ciencias e Industria (Modelo Museum of Science and Industry) is a science museum of Grupo Modelo, a leading company in the brewing industry.[33]

Culture[edit] Toluca
is home to a series of traditional festivities such as the typical solemn "silent procession" that takes place every Holy Friday when the Catholic
congregation from Toluca
and its surroundings get together in the centre of the city to express their respect and devotion for Jesus
Christ's sacrifice. Easter and Lent
are celebrated in a similar way. Currently there are two official orchestras: a State one and a Municipal one. The one from the State is the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. Higher education institutions have marching bands, and in some towns there are wind bands. The dancing institutions include the Instituto Mexiquense de Cultura and the homeless-destined IMSS and DIF. There are also schools of dance such as the Escuela de Bellas Artes and the UAEM. There is also a youth marching band of Toluca
called "Eagles of Anahuac". This band was formed about 35 years ago and was the first youth marching band in the country.[20] Food and drink[edit]


Mexican food mixes European and Mesoamerican elements. In Toluca
the most famous dish is chorizo, a regional sausage made of ground pork and tomato sauce, pumpkin mole, pipian and other ingredients such as salt, pepper, white wine, almonds, potatoes, vinegar, garlic and chile. In Mexico, the word "chorizo" is used as nickname for anything (anybody) from Toluca. Other popular dishes, which must be mentioned are "tacos de carnitas" (pork tacos) and "tacos de plaza" made of barbacoa, pork, chicharron (fried pork rind), papalo, onion, cilantro, nopales, cueritos, chili sauce, salt and lime. The traditional food includes vegetables from the region such as "quelites", "quintoniles", "huazontles", spinach, "verdolagas", carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and so forth. Toluca
has a variety of traditional candies such as "alegrías", "jamoncillos" (a candy bar with flavors such as lemon, pineapple, apple or chocolate), "lemons" (lemons decorated with coconut), "chilacayotes" (pumpkin in syrup), "cocadas" (mainly made with coconut), "palanquetas" (a peanut bar covered with melted sugar). Traditional drinks include "garapiña" and "mosquito". "Garapiña" is a drink based on fermented pineapple, and "mosquito" is a drink obtained from the infusion of fruit in alcohol. "Mosquito" can be also flavored with sugar, syrup or honey.[9] Sports[edit]

Team Stadium Sport League

Borregos Salvajes Estadio La Congeladora American football CONADEIP

Potros Salvajes UAEM Estadio Universitario Alberto Chivo Cordova ONEFA

Potros UAEM Soccer Segunda División de México

Deportivo Toluca Estadio Nemesio Díez México Primera División

Volcanes del Estado de México Gimnasio Volcan Basketball Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional

is home of the Liga MX
Liga MX
football club Deportivo Toluca. Their home is one of the landmarks of the city, the Estadio Nemesio Díez (Nemesio Diez Stadium), located between Constituyentes and Morelos avenues downtown. Its nickname is "La Bombonera" (The Bonbon Box). Famous boxers often use Toluca
as a training center. These have included Julio César Chávez
Julio César Chávez
and Puerto Rico's Wilfredo Vazquez, among others. Professional wrestler Tito Santana
Tito Santana
is billed from Toluca, although he is actually from Mission, Texas. Notable people[edit]

This article's list of residents may not follow's verifiability or notability policies. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they are notable AND residents, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (January 2016)

José María Bustamante Ángel María Garibay K. Luis Nishizawa Adriana Barraza Salvador Mejía Alejandre Alberto Chimal Ninel Conde Mayrín Villanueva Carmen Becerra Diego Gama

Humberto Lara International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Mexico Twin towns – Sister cities[edit] Toluca
is twinned with:

Saitama, Japan
since 1979 Brescia, Italy Urawa, Japan Kozani, Greece Novi Sad, Serbia
since 1981 Nanchang, China
since 1988[34] Lima, Peru Lorient, France Da Nang, Vietnam
since 2015[35] Dijon, France, since 2003[36]

Jelgava, Latvia La Vega, Dominic Republic Cartago, Costa Rica Fort Worth, United States
United States
since 1998[37] Suwon, South Korea
South Korea
since 1999 Galveston, United States
United States
since 2009 Xalapa, Mexico
since 2011[38] La Plata, Argentina
since 2010[39] Ramallah, Palestine since 2014[40] Debrecen, Hungary
since 2016[41]

See also[edit]


List of highest large cities in the world


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Link to tables of population data from Census of 2005 INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática México Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México


^ Station ID for Toluca, MEX. is 76675 Use this station ID to locate the sunshine duration

External links[edit]

Official Ayuntamiento de Toluca
website—(in Spanish)

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Toluca.

Coordinates: 19°17′33″N 99°39′25″W / 19.29250°N 99.65694°W / 19.29250; -99.65694

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Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México Monterrey
Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Toluca Cosmovitral Modelo Museum of Science and Industry Nevado de Toluca
Nevado de Toluca
National Park Calixtlahuaca Toluca

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Mexican state capitals

(Aguascalientes) Mexicali
(Baja California) La Paz ( Baja California
Baja California
Sur) Campeche
(Campeche) Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Tuxtla Gutiérrez
(Chiapas) Chihuahua (Chihuahua) Saltillo
(Coahuila) Colima
(Colima) Mexico
City Durango
(Durango) Guanajuato
(Guanajuato) Chilpancingo
(Guerrero) Pachuca
(Hidalgo) Guadalajara
(Jalisco) Toluca
(State of Mexico) Morelia
(Michoacán) Cuernavaca
(Morelos) Tepic
(Nayarit) Monterrey
(Nuevo León) Oaxaca
(Oaxaca) Puebla
(Puebla) Querétaro
(Querétaro) Chetumal
(Quintana Roo) San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí
(San Luis Potosí) Culiacán
(Sinaloa) Hermosillo
(Sonora) Villahermosa
(Tabasco) Ciudad Victoria
Ciudad Victoria
(Tamaulipas) Tlaxcala
(Tlaxcala) Xalapa
(Veracruz) Mérida (Yucatán) Zacatecas

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